pemphigus[pem′fi gəs, pem fī′-]
a disease characterized by the formation of watery blisters on the skin, sometimes with itching
Origin of pemphigusModern Latin ; from Classical Greek pemphix (gen. pemphigos), bubble ; from Indo-European echoic base an unverified form bamb-, an unverified form bhambh-, to swell
Any of several acute or chronic skin diseases characterized by groups of itching blisters.
Origin of pemphigusNew Latin pemphīgus, from Greek pemphīx, pemphīg-, pustule.
- (pathology) A severe autoimmune skin disease characterized by pustules and painful blisters, and which can be fatal.
From Ancient Greek πέμφιξ (pemphix, “pustule”).