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[pem-fi-guh s, pem-fahy-]
noun Pathology.
  1. any of several diseases, often fatal, characterized by blisters on the skin and mucous membranes.
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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
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Historical Examples of pemphigus

  • What is the character of the subjective symptoms in pemphigus?

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin

    Henry Weightman Stelwagon

  • Children during teething, or owing to injudicious diet, are frequently subject to this kind of pemphigus.

  • Neusser first recorded that an extraordinarily great, indeed a specific eosinophilia was found in many cases of pemphigus.

  • In the pemphigus bullæ a substance is present that chemiotactically attracts the eosinophils.

  • The vesicular and bullous types demand mild protective applications, such as used in eczema and pemphigus.

    Essentials of Diseases of the Skin

    Henry Weightman Stelwagon

British Dictionary definitions for pemphigus


  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
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Word Origin for pemphigus

C18: via New Latin from Greek pemphix bubble
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pemphigus in Medicine


(pĕmfĭ-gəs, pĕm-fīgəs)
  1. Any of several acute or chronic skin diseases characterized by groups of itching blisters.
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Related formspemphi•gous adj.
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