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serpigo

[ ser-pahy-goh ]
/ sərˈpaɪ goʊ /
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noun Pathology.
(formerly) a creeping or spreading skin disease, as ringworm.
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Origin of serpigo

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

OTHER WORDS FROM serpigo

ser·pig·i·nous [ser-pij-uh-nuhs], /sərˈpɪdʒ ə nəs/, adjective
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How to use serpigo in a sentence

  • Diseases universal and infectious—like morphoea, serpigo, lepra, variolae et morbilli.

    Gilbertus Anglicus|Henry Ebenezer Handerson
  • The serpigo, the strangury, an eternal uneffectual priapism seize thee!

British Dictionary definitions for serpigo

serpigo
/ (sɜːˈpaɪɡəʊ) /

noun
pathol any progressive skin eruption, such as ringworm or herpes

Derived forms of serpigo

serpiginous (sɜːˈpɪdʒɪnəs), adjective

Word Origin for serpigo

C14: from Medieval Latin, from Latin serpere to creep
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