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lupus

[ loo-puhs ]
/ ˈlu pəs /
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noun Pathology.
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Origin of lupus

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

OTHER WORDS FROM lupus

lupous, adjective

Other definitions for lupus (2 of 2)

Lupus
[ loo-puhs ]
/ ˈlu pəs /

noun, genitive Lu·pi [loo-pahy]. /ˈlu paɪ/. Astronomy.
the Wolf, a southern constellation between Centaurus and Norma.

Origin of Lupus

From Latin
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British Dictionary definitions for lupus (1 of 2)

lupus
/ (ˈluːpəs) /

noun
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

usage for lupus

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

British Dictionary definitions for lupus (2 of 2)

Lupus
/ (ˈluːpəs) /

noun Latin genitive Lupi (ˈluːpaɪ)
a constellation in the S hemisphere lying between Centaurus and Ara
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Medical definitions for lupus

lupus
[ lōōpəs ]

n.
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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Scientific definitions for lupus

lupus
[ lōōpəs ]

See systemic lupus erythematosus.
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Cultural definitions for lupus

lupus
[ (looh-puhs) ]

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

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