noun, genitive Lu·pi [loo-pahy] /ˈlu paɪ/. Astronomy.
the Wolf, a southern constellation between Centaurus and Norma.
Origin of Lupus
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any of various ulcerative skin diseases
Word Origin for lupus
C16: via Medieval Latin from Latin: wolf; said to be so called because it rapidly eats away the affected part
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
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 lupi
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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Systemic lupus erythematosus.
Any of various chronic skin conditions characterized by ulcerative lesions that spread over the body. No longer in scientific use.
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See systemic lupus erythematosus.
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An autoimmune disease that tends to strike women more frequently than men. The disease attacks the body's connective tissues.
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