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pemphigus

[ pem-fi-guhs, pem-fahy- ]
/ ˈpɛm fɪ gəs, pɛmˈfaɪ- /
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noun Pathology.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM pemphigus

pem·phi·goid [pem-fi-goid], /ˈpɛm fɪˌgɔɪd/, adjectivepem·phi·gous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pemphigus

pemphigus
/ (ˈpɛmfɪɡəs, pɛmˈfaɪ-) /

noun
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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Medical definitions for pemphigus

pemphigus
[ pĕmfĭ-gəs, pĕm-fīgəs ]

n.
Any of several acute or chronic skin diseases characterized by groups of itching blisters.

Other words from pemphigus

pemphi•gous adj.
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