Definition of serpiginous in English:

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Pronunciation: /sərˈpijənəs/


(Of a skin lesion or ulcerated region) having a wavy margin.
Example sentences
  • Urticaria may present with serpiginous lesions.
  • Volar aspects of the wrists contained multiple serpiginous scaling lesions.
  • Granuloma annulare may present as a serpiginous, hyperpigmented skin discoloration, but the skin lesions would be raised papules, not just macular skin changes as in this case.


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin serpigo, serpigin- 'ringworm' (from Latin serpere 'to creep') + -ous.

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Syllabification: ser·pig·i·nous

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