One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various skin diseases characterized by the presence of scabs or scales, usually with itching; especially scabies, mange, or (in later use) psoriasis.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Banister (1532/3–?1610), surgeon. From classical Latin psōra or its etymon ancient Greek ψώρα itch, mange from an alternative form (with different vocalism) of the stem of ψῆν to rub, wipe + -ρα, suffix forming nouns.
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