A chronic disease of unknown origin characterized by red, scaly lesions or patches on the face and upper portion of the trunk.
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.
Any of several other autoimmune disorders typically characterized by reddish, scaly lesions on the skin, especially:
- 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.
- 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-erythematosus
- New Latin lupus erythēmatōsus lupus erythēmatōsus erythematous
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition