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[ser-pahy-goh] /sərˈpaɪ goʊ/
noun, Pathology.
(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
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[ser-pij-uh-nuh s] /sərˈpɪdʒ ə nəs/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • The serpigo, the strangury, an eternal uneffectual priapism seize thee!

  • Diseases universal and infectious—like morphoea, serpigo, lepra, variolae et morbilli.

    Gilbertus Anglicus Henry Ebenezer Handerson
British Dictionary definitions for serpigo


(pathol) any progressive skin eruption, such as ringworm or herpes
Derived Forms
serpiginous (sɜːˈpɪdʒɪnəs) adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin, from Latin serpere to creep
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serpigo in Medicine

serpigo ser·pi·go (sər-pī'gō)
Any creeping or serpiginous eruption.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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