[er-uh-thee-muh-toh-suh s, -them-uh-]
- any of several autoimmune diseases, especially systemic lupus erythematosus, characterized by red, scaly skin patches.
Origin of lupus erythematosus
1855–60; < New Latin: erythematous lupus
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- 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
lupus erythematosus(ĕr′ə-thē′mə-tō′səs, -thĕm′ə-)
- A chronic disease of unknown origin characterized by red, scaly lesions or patches on the face and upper portion of the trunk.
- Systemic lupus erythematosus.