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[loo-puh s] /ˈlu pəs/
noun, Pathology.
Origin of lupus
1580-90; < Medieval Latin, special use of Latin lupus wolf
Related forms
lupous, adjective


[loo-puh s] /ˈlu pəs/
noun, genitive Lupi
[loo-pahy] /ˈlu paɪ/ (Show IPA).
the Wolf, a southern constellation between Centaurus and Norma.
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any of various ulcerative skin diseases
Usage note
In current usage the word lupus alone is generally understood to signify lupus vulgaris, lupus erythematosus being normally referred to in full or by the abbreviation LE
Word Origin
C16: via Medieval Latin from Latin: wolf; said to be so called because it rapidly eats away the affected part


noun (Latin genitive) Lupi (ˈluːpaɪ)
a constellation in the S hemisphere lying between Centaurus and Ara
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Word Origin and History for lupus

late 14c., used of several diseases that cause ulcerations of the skin, from Medieval Latin lupus, from Latin lupus "wolf" (see wolf (n.)), apparently because it "devours" the affected part.

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lupus in Medicine

lupus lu·pus (lōō'pəs)
Any of several diseases, especially systemic lupus erythematosus, that principally affect the skin and joints but often also involve other systems of the body.

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lupus in Science
See systemic lupus erythematosus.
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lupus in Culture
lupus [(looh-puhs)]

An autoimmune disease that tends to strike women more frequently than men. The disease attacks the body's connective tissues.

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