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A chronic skin disease having various causes, marked by the eruption of pale, dome-shaped papules that itch severely.

[Latin prūrīgō, an itching, from prūrīre, to itch; see preus- in Indo-European roots.]

pru·rig′i·nous (-rĭj′ə-nəs) adj.
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a. pruriginoso-a, rel. a prurigo.
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Prurigo nodularis is a chronic pruritic dermatologic condition characterised by the presence of pruriginous lesions on the skin and major alteration on the quality of life of the patients.
in 1971 as a "peculiar pruriginous dermatosis with gross reticular pigmentation." [1] The term "prurigo pigmentosa" was later coined in 1978.
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