pruri-, prur-, prurit- +
(Latin: itch, itching; be wanton, be eager for)
2. An itch which is an uncomfortable sensation felt on an area of skin that causes a person, or animal, to desire to scratch that area.
Such itching can be related to anything from dry skin to undiagnosed cancer.
Dryness is also a factor; frost-itch, winter itch.
2. A sensation which elicits the desire to scratch.
3. Itching, an uncomfortable sensation due to irritation of a peripheral sensory nerve; a symptom rather than a disease.
Pruritus does not always originate from stimulation to the skin associated with primary dermatological disorders. It may be caused by neurological or behavioral disorders.
An itch which arises from the irritation of nerve cells associated with the skin
Pruritus serves as an important sensory and self-protective mechanism; as do many other skin sensations, by alerting people to harmful external agents.
Constant itching can become unbearable if the underlying condition is not treated.