American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A chronic skin disease having various causes, marked by the eruption of pale, dome-shaped papules that itch severely.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An itching; specifically, a papular eruption of the skin in which the papules vary in size from a millet-seed to a small pea, are discrete, often in great numbers and close set, irregular in distribution, nearly of the color of the cuticle, and usually intolerably itchy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) A papular disease of the skin, of which intense itching is the chief symptom, the eruption scarcely differing from the healthy cuticle in color.
- n. chronic inflammatory disease of the skin characterized by blister capped papules and intense itching
- Latin, an itching, the itch, from prurire to itch. (Wiktionary)
- Latin prūrīgō, an itching, from prūrīre, to itch; see preus- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Ubi semel prurigo ista animum occupat aegre discuti potest, solicitantibus undique ejusdem farinae hominibus, damnosas illas voluptates repetunt, quod et scortatoribus insitum,”
“Two diseases of the time are, faction and fussiness -- the one a fever, the other a prurigo.”
“A decoction of our plant has proved useful in prurigo (itching), and as a gargle for the sore throat of scarlet fever.”
“What is true of seduction is true also of the various affections of the genital organs which induce an impulse to scratch, such as eczema, prurigo, urticaria, &c.”
“This is seen in its highest degree in itching diseases like prurigo and pityriasis.”
“A good representation of _prurigo_ may be seen in Colored Plate II, Fig. 6.”
“Chamæleonis enim nigri radix ea virtute pollet, ut cuti applicata ipsam adeo inflammet, ut nec squillæ, nec urticæ ullæ centesima parte ita adurent: At prurigo non adeo celeriter sese prodit.”
“Post unam aut alteram porro horam, singuli variis faciei locis cutem adeo inflammatam habere cæpimus ut tota sanguinea videretur, atque quo magis eam confricabamus, tanto magis excitabatur prurigo.”
“The last doctor I saw didn't even know what prurigo nodularis was.”
“Stander S, Luger T, Metze D (2001) Treatment of prurigo nodularis with topical capsaicin.”
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