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lupus erythematosus

[er-uh-thee-muh-toh-suh s, -them-uh-]
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noun Pathology.
  1. any of several autoimmune diseases, especially systemic lupus erythematosus, characterized by red, scaly skin patches.
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Origin of lupus erythematosus

1855–60; < New Latin: erythematous lupus
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British Dictionary definitions for lupus erythematosus

lupus erythematosus

  1. either of two inflammatory diseases of the connective tissue. Discoid lupus erythematosus is characterized by a scaly rash over the cheeks and bridge of the nose; disseminated or systemic lupus erythematosus affects the joints, lungs, kidneys, or skinAbbreviation: LE
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lupus erythematosus in Medicine

lupus erythematosus

(ĕr′ə-thē′mə-tōsəs, -thĕm′ə-)
  1. A chronic disease of unknown origin characterized by red, scaly lesions or patches on the face and upper portion of the trunk.
  2. Systemic lupus erythematosus.
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