One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A chronic skin disease causing severe itching.
- ‘Prurigo pigmentosa is characterized by an inflammatory phase with pruritic erythematous papules and a resolution phase with reticulated pigmentation.’
- ‘In prurigo nodularis, a variant of lichen simplex chronicus, 10-to 20-mm nodules develop over areas within easy scratching reach, such as the extensor arms and legs.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin, from prurire ‘to itch’.
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