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

  • n. Severe itching, often of undamaged skin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. severe itching, especially of undamaged skin; caused by allergy, infection, lymphoma etc

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Itching.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


Latin prūrītus, from past participle of prūrīre, to itch; see preus- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin prūrītus ("itch, itching"), from prūriō ("itch"). (Wiktionary)



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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