[loo-puh s]

noun Pathology.

Nearby words

  1. lupoid hepatitis,
  2. lupoid leishmaniasis,
  3. lupoid sycosis,
  4. lupoma,
  5. lupulin,
  6. lupus band test,
  7. lupus erythematosus,
  8. lupus erythematosus cell,
  9. lupus erythematosus cell test,
  10. lupus erythematosus profundus

Origin of lupus

1580–90; < Medieval Latin, special use of Latin lupus wolf

Related formslu·pous, adjective


[loo-puh s]

noun, genitive Lu·pi [loo-pahy] /ˈlu paɪ/. Astronomy.

the Wolf, a southern constellation between Centaurus and Norma.

Origin of Lupus

From Latin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lupus

British Dictionary definitions for lupus



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 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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Medicine definitions for lupus




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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Science definitions for lupus



See systemic lupus erythematosus.
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Culture definitions for lupus



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

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