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 psoriasis (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of psoriasis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some research has linked turmeric — both in ingestible and topical forms — with aiding in some skin disorders, including psoriasis, alopecia and even acne. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "5 Evidence-Based Turmeric Health Benefits You Should Know About," 22 Apr. 2021 For nearly her entire life, talk show host and beauty and lifestyle expert Nitika Chopra has battled psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis that devastatingly affected her mental and physical health. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, "Stylemakers 2021: Meet the Forces Making a Splash in Food, Home, Garden, Beauty, and Health," 19 Apr. 2021 For Nitika Chopra, 40, psoriasis (PsA) will always be the thing that impacted her life most. Lambeth Hochwald, Marie Claire, "It’s Not Just Dry Skin: How Psoriasis Impacts Young Women’s Professional Lives," 1 Apr. 2021 Psoriatic arthritis primarily affects people between the ages of 30 and 50 who have already been diagnosed with psoriasis, an inflammatory skin condition, according to the Mayo Clinic. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, "6 People On What Life Is Like With Psoriatic Arthritis," 30 Mar. 2021 But that's changing thanks to celebrities with psoriasis like Kim Kardashian and LeAnn Rimes, who have been using their platforms to share their own personal journeys of living with the condition. Michella Oré, Glamour, "13 Celebrities on What It's Really Like to Live With Psoriasis," 29 Oct. 2020 October 1997 included John Updike ruminating on psoriasis. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Linda Wells on the Evolution of Beauty Journalism," 23 Feb. 2021 In her 20s, Rimes finally found a psoriasis treatment that helped keep her skin clear. Claire Gillespie,, "LeAnn Rimes Shares Photos Showing Her Psoriasis–Here's What to Know About This Chronic Skin Condition," 30 Oct. 2020 That’s why trial and error is a necessary part of psoriasis treatment. Lisa Bain, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Lotions and Creams to Help Ease Psoriasis," 17 Dec. 2020

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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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5 May 2021

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“Psoriasis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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 psoriasis (audio) \

Medical Definition of psoriasis

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

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