from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A vague name for a number of diseases of the scalp, especially tinea favosa, tinea tonsurans, and eczema.
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This plant is substituted for the C. erecta, mentioned by Storck, and is employed in secondary syphilis, ulcers, porrigo, etc.; given internally,
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I expected to leave the Hill on last friday and anticipated enjoying a great deal of pleasure, but "this disease the porrigo" getting worse I am afraid that I wont leave the Hill at all.
The disease that I have is not the Eczema but the porrigo or prunigo I have forgotten which.