An uncomfortable sensation in the skin that feels as if something is crawling on the skin or on the skin, and makes the person want to scratch the affected area. Medically known as pruritus. Something that is itchy is
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An uncomfortable sensation of irritation of the skin or mucous membranes that causes scratching or rubbing of the affected parts. SYN: pruritus (1).

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itch·ing adj having, producing, or marked by an uneasy sensation in the skin <an \itching skin eruption>
itching n ITCH (1)

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itch·ing (ichґing) pruritus.

Medical dictionary. 2011.


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