[pem-fi-guh s, pem-fahy-]

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. 2018

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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

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.
Related formspemphi•gous adj.
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