serpigo

[ ser-pahy-goh ]
/ sərˈpaɪ goʊ /

noun Pathology.

(formerly) a creeping or spreading skin disease, as ringworm.

Origin of serpigo

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin serpīgō, equivalent to Latin serp- (derivative of serpere to creep) + -īgō as in vertīgō vertigo; cf. herpes

Related forms

ser·pig·i·nous [ser-pij-uh-nuh s] /sərˈpɪdʒ ə nəs/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for serpiginous

serpigo

/ (sɜːˈpaɪɡəʊ) /

noun

pathol any progressive skin eruption, such as ringworm or herpes

Derived Forms

serpiginous (sɜːˈpɪdʒɪnəs), adjective

Word Origin for serpigo

C14: from Medieval Latin, from Latin serpere to creep
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Medicine definitions for serpiginous (1 of 2)

serpiginous

[ sər-pĭjə-nəs ]

adj.

Relating to or being a cutaneous lesion, such as an ulcer, having an arciform border and a wavy margin.

Medicine definitions for serpiginous (2 of 2)

serpigo

[ sər-pīgō ]

n.

Any creeping or serpiginous eruption.
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