[pem-fi-guh s, pem-fahy-]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for pemphigus
What is the character of the subjective symptoms in pemphigus?
Children during teething, or owing to injudicious diet, are frequently subject to this kind of pemphigus.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
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.
- 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
C18: via New Latin from Greek pemphix bubble
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- Any of several acute or chronic skin diseases characterized by groups of itching blisters.
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