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serpigo

[ser-pahy-goh]
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noun Pathology.
  1. (formerly) a creeping or spreading skin disease, as ringworm.

Origin of serpigo

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin serpīgō, equivalent to Latin serp- (derivative of serpere to creep) + -īgō as in vertīgō vertigo; cf. herpes
Related formsser·pig·i·nous [ser-pij-uh-nuh s] /sərˈpɪdʒ ə nəs/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for serpiginous

Historical Examples

  • The ulcers have seldom the typically rounded or serpiginous outline of gummatous ulcers on other parts of the body.

    Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition.

    Alexander Miles

  • The actual cautery is best for serpiginous corneal ulcers, carbolic acid being more satisfactory for those of the vesicular type.

  • When the eruption spreads at the border, clearing up at the older part; as, for instance, in the serpiginous syphiloderm.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin

    Henry Weightman Stelwagon

  • Several groups may coalesce, and a serpiginous tract result (serpiginous tubercular syphiloderm).

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin

    Henry Weightman Stelwagon

  • It may also present the appearance of a serpiginous lupus vulgaris or syphiloderm.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin

    Henry Weightman Stelwagon


British Dictionary definitions for serpiginous

serpigo

noun
  1. pathol any progressive skin eruption, such as ringworm or herpes
Derived Formsserpiginous (sɜːˈpɪdʒɪnəs), adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Medieval Latin, from Latin serpere to creep
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

serpiginous in Medicine

serpiginous

(sər-pĭjə-nəs)
adj.
  1. Relating to or being a cutaneous lesion, such as an ulcer, having an arciform border and a wavy margin.

serpigo

(sər-pīgō)
n.
  1. Any creeping or serpiginous eruption.
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