psoriasis

noun
pso·​ri·​a·​sis | \ sə-ˈrī-ə-səs How to pronounce psoriasis (audio) \

Definition of psoriasis

: a chronic skin disease characterized by circumscribed red patches covered with white scales

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from psoriasis

psoriatic \ ˌsȯr-​ē-​ˈa-​tik How to pronounce psoriatic (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of psoriasis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Now read more about Kim Kardashian's experience with psoriasis: Done reading? Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Kim Kardashian Shares Psoriasis Outbreak on Her Face, and Fans Are Here for It," 13 Mar. 2019 Kardashian West's long history with psoriasis has been part of storylines on Keeping Up With the Kardashians since practically the beginning of the show and is probably one of her most relatable qualities. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "People Are Praising Kim Kardashian for Sharing Pics of Her ‘Psoriasis Face’," 13 Mar. 2019 Martin, who was diagnosed with seborrheic dermatitis and scalp psoriasis about four years ago, is one such case. Jessica Cruel, Teen Vogue, "Dandruff Scraping Videos Might Be the New Pimple Popping Videos," 23 July 2018 Martin, who was diagnosed with seborrheic dermatitis and scalp psoriasis about four years ago, is one such case. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "Dandruff Scraping Videos Are the New Pimple Popping Videos," 19 July 2018 In some cases, chronic skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis are to blame, Dr. Zeichner says. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Questions That Will Help You Decode That Skin Rash," 22 Mar. 2019 Previous studies had already identified the IL4 and IL10 molecules as effective medicines at halting and healing bouts of acute psoriasis. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "Engineered Cells Can Create Medicine Inside Your Body," 17 Dec. 2015 Claudia Sulewski Shah says the large, scaly flakes from the videos could also be pityriasis amiantacea, which is a severe form of seborrheic dermatitis that is a result of psoriasis, eczema, or even a fungal infection. Jessica Cruel, Teen Vogue, "Dandruff Scraping Videos Might Be the New Pimple Popping Videos," 23 July 2018 On the other hand, Dr. Piliang says, people with extremely dry or sensitive skin, or inflammatory skin conditions where the lipid barrier is already impaired—like psoriasis, eczema, or rosacea—might find daily showers too dehydrating and irritating. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How Often Should You Really Shower?," 10 Jan. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'psoriasis.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of psoriasis

circa 1684, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for psoriasis

New Latin, from Greek psōriasis, from psōrian to have the itch, from psōra itch; akin to Greek psēn to rub

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about psoriasis

Statistics for psoriasis

Last Updated

10 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for psoriasis

The first known use of psoriasis was circa 1684

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for psoriasis

psoriasis

noun

English Language Learners Definition of psoriasis

medical : a skin disease that causes areas of your skin to become red and rough and to fall off

psoriasis

noun
pso·​ri·​a·​sis | \ sə-ˈrī-ə-səs How to pronounce psoriasis (audio) \
plural psoriases\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce psoriases (audio) \

Medical Definition of psoriasis

: a chronic skin disease characterized by circumscribed red patches covered with white scales

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on psoriasis

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with psoriasis

Spanish Central: Translation of psoriasis

Nglish: Translation of psoriasis for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of psoriasis for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about psoriasis

Comments on psoriasis

What made you want to look up psoriasis? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

showing great care, attention, and effort

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!