[ pem-fi-guhs, pem-fahy- ]

  1. 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

Other words from pemphigus

  • pem·phi·goid [pem-fi-goid], /ˈpɛm fɪˌgɔɪd/, adjective
  • pem·phi·gous, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for pemphigus


/ (ˈpɛmfɪɡəs, pɛmˈfaɪ-) /

  1. 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

Origin of pemphigus

C18: via New Latin from Greek pemphix bubble

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