Definition of pemphigus in English:


Syllabification: pem·phi·gus
Pronunciation: /ˈpemfigəs, pemˈfīgəs


  • A skin disease in which watery blisters form on the skin.
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    • He has made important contributions in autoantibody-mediated disease in pemphigus and pemphigoid.
    • For example, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and pemphigus occur more often in middle-aged people or sometimes in young adults.
    • The involvement of mucous membranes is much less common with bullous pemphigoid than in pemphigus vulgaris, with blisters that are less easily ruptured.


late 18th century: modern Latin, from Greek pemphix, pemphig- 'bubble'.

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