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

Examples of psoriasis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The drug, which belongs to a class of treatments known as monoclonal antibodies, would add to Lilly’s immunology treatments, including the psoriasis treatment Taltz. Washington Post, "Eli Lilly to buy skin-disease specialist Dermira for about $1.1 billion," 10 Jan. 2020 Curious locals began bathing there and discovered the high mineral content of the water was good for skin conditions like psoriasis. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "You Can Hike, Fish and Even Ski at These Visitor-Friendly Power Plants," 16 Oct. 2019 Kim is often candid about her psoriasis and frequently posts unfiltered photos of her flare-ups, often poking fun at herself in the process. Ashley Boucher,, "Kim Kardashian Pops Khloé’s Pimple in KUWTK Bonus Clip: ‘I Should Have Been an Esthetician’," 17 Jan. 2020 Because of its vitamin and mineral packed gelatin-like quality, many people use sea moss masks to soothe eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and burns. Adele Jackson-gibson, Good Housekeeping, "Is Sea Moss Healthy? Here's How to Eat It for Maximum Benefits," 17 Jan. 2020 Everybody has different triggers for their psoriasis. Juno Demelo, Glamour, "8 Women With Psoriasis Share How They Keep Their Skin in Check," 7 Oct. 2019 Investors were equally shocked in June when Bristol-Myers announced a plan to sell Celgene’s psoriasis drug Otezla as part of a deal with the Federal Trade Commission intended to speed the acquisition along. Washington Post, "Roche’s Small Spark Deal Holds a Big Regulatory Warning," 17 Dec. 2019 This shampoo, which Paul Cellura, MD, dermatologist at Tribeca Skin Center in New York City likes, relies on one percent coal tar to ease flaking and scalp irritation associated with seborrheic dermatitis, dandruff and scalp psoriasis. Gideon Grudo, NBC News, "The most purchased beauty products we covered this holiday season," 29 Dec. 2019 Two of our first targets were psoriasis and poorly healing wounds, and there are several promising SNA candidates already in early-stage clinical trials for some of these ailments. Scientific American, "The Power of Spheres," 25 Dec. 2019

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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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18 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Psoriasis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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


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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