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aquagenic

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adjective aqua·gen·ic \ ˌä-kwə-ˈje-nik, ˌa- \

medical Definition of aquagenic

:caused by water and especially by contact with water
  • Aquagenic urticaria is a rash caused by contact with water. It is exceedingly rare.
  • —Rebecca CoffeyDiscoverMay 2012
  • Aquagenic pruritus is recurrent, intense, diffuse itching upon getting out of a bath or shower, and although no one knows the mechanism, it's a symptom of polycythemia vera, a rare condition in which the body produces too many red blood cells.
  • —Atul GawandeThe New Yorker30 June 2008

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