[pem-fi-guh s, pem-fahy-]
- any of several diseases, often fatal, characterized by blisters on the skin and mucous membranes.
Origin of pemphigus
1770–80; < New Latin < Greek pemphīg- (stem of pémphīx) bubble + Latin -us noun suffix
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Examples from the Web for pemphigoid
How is the bullous syphiloderm to be differentiated from other pemphigoid eruptions?Essentials of Diseases of the Skin
Henry Weightman Stelwagon
Of considerably more importance is the pemphigoid eruption mentioned by several observers.
- pathol any of a group of blistering skin diseases, esp a potentially fatal form (pemphigus vulgaris) characterized by large blisters on the skin, mucous membranes of the mouth, genitals, intestines, etc, which eventually rupture and form painful denuded areas from which critical amounts of bodily protein, fluid, and blood may be lost
C18: via New Latin from Greek pemphix bubble
- Resembling pemphigus.
- A disease resembling pemphigus except as being nonacantholytic and generally benign.
- Any of several acute or chronic skin diseases characterized by groups of itching blisters.
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