psoralen

psoralen
A phototoxic drug used by topical or oral administration for the treatment of vitiligo and psoriasis. Also present in oil of bergamot perfume and in fruits and vegetables such as limes, which may cause photosensitization. SEE ALSO: PUVA.

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pso·ra·len 'sȯr-ə-lən n a substance C11H6O3 found in some plants that photosensitizes mammalian skin and is used in conjunction with ultraviolet light to treat psoriasis also any of various derivatives of psoralen having similar properties see PUVA

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psor·a·len (sorґə-lən) 1. any of a group of photosensitizing constituents of plants such as Ammi majus or Psoralea corylifolia; examples are methoxsalen and trioxsalen. They are used in various perfumes or drugs and can cause phototoxic dermatitis. 2. any of the plants that contain one of these substances.

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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