One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
with modifier A skin disease characterized by the shedding of fine flaky scales.
- ‘Compared with pityriasis rosea, psoriatic lesions are thicker and scalier, and the lesions are not usually distributed along skin creases.’
- ‘The rash of pityriasis rosea can look like eczema, ringworm, or psoriasis.’
- ‘The man with the new flaxen locks instead explained that he was struggling with pityriasis rosea, a chicken pox-like virus.’
- ‘Some of these disease processes are known by well-established names, such as pityriasis nigra, sporotrichosis, and chromoblastomycosis.’
- ‘Tinea versicolor, also called pityriasis versicolor, is a common yeast infection of the skin.’
Late 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek pituriasis ‘scurf’, from pituron ‘bran’.
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