- (formerly) a creeping or spreading skin disease, as ringworm.
Origin of serpigo
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Examples from the Web for serpiginous
The ulcers have seldom the typically rounded or serpiginous outline of gummatous ulcers on other parts of the body.
The actual cautery is best for serpiginous corneal ulcers, carbolic acid being more satisfactory for those of the vesicular type.
When the eruption spreads at the border, clearing up at the older part; as, for instance, in the serpiginous syphiloderm.
Several groups may coalesce, and a serpiginous tract result (serpiginous tubercular syphiloderm).
It may also present the appearance of a serpiginous lupus vulgaris or syphiloderm.
- pathol any progressive skin eruption, such as ringworm or herpes
C14: from Medieval Latin, from Latin serpere to creep
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- 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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