lupus erythematosuslupus er·y·the·ma·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
- See systemic lupus erythematosus.
- Any of several other autoimmune disorders typically characterized by reddish, scaly lesions on the skin, especially:a. A chronic cutaneous form characterized by patchy lesions that form especially on the head and neck, with accompanying scarring and pigmentation changes; discoid lupus erythematosus.b. A form caused by exposure to a drug and resolving with discontinuance of the drug, characterized by signs and symptoms similar to those of systemic lupus erythematosus; drug-induced lupus erythematosus.
Origin of lupus erythematosusNew Latin lupus erythēmatōsus lupus erythēmatōsus erythematous