Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Severe itching, often of undamaged skin.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An itching; more specifically, a functional affection of the skin characterized by simple itching without structural change.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) Itching.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun medicine severe itching, especially of undamaged skin; caused by allergy, infection, lymphoma etc

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an intense itching sensation that can have various causes (as by allergies or infection or lymphoma or jaundice etc.)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin prūrītus, from past participle of prūrīre, to itch; see preus- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin prūrītus ("itch, itching"), from prūriō ("itch").

Examples

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  • The rhyming urge begins to twitch

    And quickly builds into an itch

    Returned to smite us

    With fresh pruritis.

    The limerick bug is a bitch.

    May 16, 2015