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

Other Words from psoriasis

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

Examples of psoriasis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It is prescribed for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, and for autoimmune diseases such as lupus, psoriasis, and Crohn’s disease. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 6 July 2022 Scalp psoriasis can also look and feel similar to scalp eczema. Claire Gillespie, SELF, 23 Mar. 2022 Avène’s history dates back to the 18th century in the namesake south of France town, where thermal spring baths were utilized to treat patients with skin conditions from dermatitis to eczema and psoriasis. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 30 June 2022 This body wash is specifically targeted to help relieve symptoms associated with eczema and psoriasis. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 June 2022 The program covers patients’ copays and can reduce a patient’s share to as little as $5 a month for drugs including J&J’s Stelara for psoriasis and other inflammatory conditions. Peter Loftus, WSJ, 4 May 2022 These products can help calm scalp irritation, remove buildup, balance sebum levels, and treat conditions such as dandruff and psoriasis. Cristina Montemayor, Men's Health, 31 May 2022 Scalp psoriasis can also be itchy, and scratching and picking the scalp can exacerbate follicle damage and increase hair loss. Melanie Rud, SELF, 26 May 2022 Tea tree oil and mint team up to work their antibacterial and antimicrobial magic to treat jock itch, nail fungus, athlete’s foot, body acne, ringworm and psoriasis all over the body. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2022 See More

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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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“Psoriasis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psoriasis. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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psoriasis

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

Medical Definition of psoriasis

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

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