serpigo

[ ser-pahy-goh ]

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

Origin of serpigo

1
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

Words Nearby serpigo

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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
  1. pathol any progressive skin eruption, such as ringworm or herpes

Origin of serpigo

1
C14: from Medieval Latin, from Latin serpere to creep

Derived forms of serpigo

  • serpiginous (sɜːˈpɪdʒɪnəs), adjective

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