lupus erythematosus[er′ə t̸hē′mə tō′səs, -t̸hem′ə-]
lupus erythematosus definition by Webster's New World
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a usually chronic inflammatory disease in which immunological reactions cause abnormalities of blood vessels and connective tissue: the systemic form commonly involves the joints, kidney, nervous system, and skin, while the discoid form produces a chronic skin disease characterized by red scaly patches that tend to produce scars
Origin: Modern Latin literally , erythematous lupus
lupus erythematosus definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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Any of several connective tissue disorders, especially systemic lupus erythematosus, that primarily affect women of childbearing age, have a variety of clinical forms, and are characterized by red scaly skin lesions.
Origin: New Latin lupus erythēmatōsus : lupus + erythēmatōsus, erythematous.
lupus erythematosus - Medical Definition
- Abbr. LE A chronic disease of unknown origin characterized by red, scaly lesions or patches on the face and upper portion of the trunk.
- Systemic lupus erythematosus.