[ pem-fi-guh s, pem-fahy- ]
/ ˈpɛm fɪ gəs, pɛmˈfaɪ- /

noun Pathology.

any of several diseases, often fatal, characterized by blisters on the skin and mucous membranes.

Nearby words

  1. pembroke table,
  2. pembrokeshire,
  3. pemmican,
  4. pemoline,
  5. pemphigoid,
  6. pemphigus erythematosus,
  7. pemphigus foliaceus,
  8. pemphigus gangrenosus,
  9. pemphigus vegetans,
  10. pemphigus vulgaris

Origin of pemphigus

1770–80; < New Latin < Greek pemphīg- (stem of pémphīx) bubble + Latin -us noun suffix

Related formspem·phi·goid [pem-fi-goid] /ˈpɛm fɪˌgɔɪd/, adjectivepem·phi·gous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pemphigoid


/ (ˈpɛmfɪɡəs, pɛmˈfaɪ-) /


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

Word Origin for pemphigus

C18: via New Latin from Greek pemphix bubble

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Medicine definitions for pemphigoid


[ pĕmfĭ-goid′ ]


Resembling pemphigus.


A disease resembling pemphigus except as being nonacantholytic and generally benign.


[ pĕmfĭ-gəs, pĕm-fīgəs ]


Any of several acute or chronic skin diseases characterized by groups of itching blisters.
Related formspemphi•gous adj.

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