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Meaning of PSORIASIS

Pronunciation:  su'rIusis

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a chronic skin disease characterized by dry red patches covered with scales; occurs especially on the scalp and ears and genitalia and the skin over bony prominences

PSORIASIS is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: acanthosis, disease of the skin, skin condition, skin disease, skin disorder, skin problem



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pso*ri"a*sis\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ?, fr. ? psora.]
(a) The state of being affected with psora. [Obs.]
(b) A cutaneous disease, characterized by imbricated silvery
    scales, affecting only the superficial layers of the

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: A chronic disease of the skin marked by red patches covered with white scales.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Psoriasis is a chronic, inheritable skin disease that causes red, scaly (or sometimes pustular) patches, usually on the scalp, trunk, knees and elbows. There is no cure, but treatments (usually prescription creams containing certain steroids and/or treatment with ultraviolet light) can often put the disease in remission. The disease is caused by the noncancerous proliferation of skin cells; the skin cells mature much earlier than normal and rapidly divide, creating thick, irregular, inflamed patches of skin that slough off. The disease most often develops in adults in their late twenties, but can afflict people of any age, from infants to the elderly.