1. <clinical examination> Itching, an unpleasant cutaneous sensation that provokes the desire to rub or scratch the skin to obtain relief.

2. Any of various conditions marked by itching, the specific site or type being indicated by a modifying term.

Can result from a drug reaction, food allergy, kidney disease or liver disease, cancers, parasites, aging or dry skin, contact skin reaction, such as poison ivy, and for unknown reasons.

Origin: L. From prurire = to itch

(11 Jan 2009)