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 formsser·pig·i·nous [ser-pij-uh-nuh s] /sərˈpɪdʒ ə nəs/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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pathol any progressive skin eruption, such as ringworm or herpes
Derived Formsserpiginous (sɜːˈpɪdʒɪnəs), adjective

Word Origin for serpigo

C14: from Medieval Latin, from Latin serpere to creep
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serpiginous in Medicine




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




Any creeping or serpiginous eruption.
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