lupus erythematosus

[ er-uh-thee-muh-toh-suh s, -them-uh- ]
/ ˌɛr əˌθi məˈtoʊ səs, -ˌθɛm ə- /

noun Pathology.

any of several autoimmune diseases, especially systemic lupus erythematosus, characterized by red, scaly skin patches.

Nearby words

  1. lupoid sycosis,
  2. lupoma,
  3. lupulin,
  4. lupus,
  5. lupus band test,
  6. lupus erythematosus cell,
  7. lupus erythematosus cell test,
  8. lupus erythematosus profundus,
  9. lupus hypertrophicus,
  10. lupus miliaris disseminatus faciei

Origin of lupus erythematosus

1855–60; < New Latin: erythematous lupus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for lupus erythematosus

lupus erythematosus

/ (ˌɛrɪˌθiːməˈtəʊsəs) /


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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Medicine definitions for lupus erythematosus

lupus erythematosus

[ ĕr′ə-thē′mə-tōsəs, -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.

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