American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various skin diseases of humans and animals, characterized by epidermal shedding of flaky scales.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, a condition of the skin or some portion of it in which it sheds more or less fine bran-like scales.
- n. In ornithology, a genus of piping-crows of the family Corvidæ, founded by Lesson in 1837. The only species, P. gymnocephalus, inhabits Borneo and Sumatra.
- n. A scaly eczema. Also called eczema squamosum and psoriasis diffusa.
- n. pathology Any of several varieties of skin diseases characterized by the shedding of flakes or scales
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) A superficial affection of the skin, characterized by irregular patches of thin scales which are shed in branlike particles.
- n. (Veter.) A disease of domestic animals characterized by dry epithelial scales, and due to digestive disturbances and alteration of the function of the sebaceous glands.
- n. any of several skin disorders characterized by shedding dry flakes of skin
- Greek pitūriāsis, from pitūron, grain husk, dandruff. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In the summer, it's common for children and young adults to develop a benign skin condition called pityriasis alba.”
“This patch is pityriasis, you see, it's coffee-coloured.”
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
“- Has no effect on candidiasis or pityriasis versicolor.”
“Leprosy may in some instances resemble a chronic dermatosis such as eczema or pityriasis versicolor.”
“According to Crocker it begins in the second or third week of life, and occasionally as late as the fifth week, with diffuse and universal scaling, which may be branny or in laminæ like pityriasis rubra, and either dry or with suffusion beneath the epidermis.”
“In aged people this condition is the pityriasis nigra of Willan.”
“This is seen in its highest degree in itching diseases like prurigo and pityriasis.”
“Crocker it begins in the second or third week of life, and occasionally as late as the fifth week, with diffuse and universal scaling, which may be branny or in laminae like pityriasis rubra, and either dry or with suffusion beneath the epidermis.”
“It cures pityriasis, and renders the hair very soft, without drying it too much as is usually the case with soap.”
“It is an excellent local remedy for the itch, for herpes and especially for pityriasis versicolor, used alone or emulsified with lemon juice.”
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