Definition of lupus erythematosus in English:

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lupus erythematosus

Pronunciation: /ˌɛrɪθiːməˈtəʊsəs/

noun

[mass noun]
An autoimmune inflammatory disease causing scaly red patches on the skin, especially on the face, and sometimes affecting connective tissue in the internal organs.
Example sentences
  • Under the topic of auto-immunity, most programs included only two specific diseases, systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Symptoms such as arthralgias, muscle weakness, or unusual rash may indicate the possibility of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus erythematosus, or dermatomyositis.
  • This symptom pattern can occur in gonococcal arthritis, rheumatic fever, sarcoidosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, Lyme disease, bacterial endocarditis, and Whipple's disease.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from lupus + modern Latin erythematosus, from Greek eruthēma 'reddening'.

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