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

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Other Words from psoriasis

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

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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 Adalimumab, also known as Humira, is a blockbuster biologic drug from AbbVie Inc. that was first approved in the U.S. in 2002 and is used to treat a range of conditions from rheumatoid arthritis to psoriasis to gut disorders. Joanna Sugden, WSJ, "Nobel Chemistry Prize Is Awarded to Three Evolutionary Scientists," 3 Oct. 2018 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, Allure, "Dandruff Scraping Videos (aka the New Pimple-Popping Clips) Are Going Viral on YouTube," 20 July 2018 Sensitivity to shampoo or hair dyes, not shampooing enough and skin conditions like psoriasis are other potential culprits for flakes. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "5 Dandruff Treatments That Actually Work, According to Dermatologists," 13 Dec. 2018 It's also supposed to be helpful for skin ailments, like psoriasis. Barbara Brody, Woman's Day, "Salt for Your Health?," 7 May 2010

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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

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The first known use of psoriasis was circa 1684

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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

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