lupus erythematosuslupus ery·thema·to·sus
a usually chronic inflammatory disease in which immunological reactions cause abnormalities of blood vessels and connective tissue: the systemic form commonly involves the joints, kidneys, nervous system, and skin, while the discoid form produces a chronic skin disease characterized by red scaly patches that tend to produce scars
Origin of lupus erythematosusModL, literally , erythematous lupus: see erythema
- A chronic disease of unknown origin characterized by red, scaly lesions or patches on the face and upper portion of the trunk.
- See systemic lupus erythematosus.
Origin of lupus erythematosusNew Latin lupus erythēmatōsus : lupus + erythēmatōsus, erythematous.