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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 serpigo

Historical Examples

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

    Gilbertus Anglicus

    Henry Ebenezer Handerson

  • The serpigo, the strangury, an eternal uneffectual priapism seize thee!

British Dictionary definitions for serpigo


  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
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serpigo in Medicine


  1. Any creeping or serpiginous eruption.
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