lupus erythematosus

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lupus er·y·the·ma·to·sus

noun \-ˌer-ə-ˌthē-mə-ˈtō-səs\

Definition of LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS

:  a disorder characterized by skin inflammation; especially :  systemic lupus erythematosus

Origin of LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS

New Latin, literally, erythematous lupus
First Known Use: 1860

lupus er·y·the·ma·to·sus

noun \-ˌer-ə-ˌthē-mə-ˈtō-səs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS

: a disorder characterized by skin inflammation; especially : systemic lupus erythematosus

lupus erythematosus

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Either of two inflammatory autoimmune diseases, both more common in women. In the discoid type, a skin disease, red patches with grayish brown scales appear on the upper cheeks and nose (often in a butterfly pattern), scalp, lips, and/or inner cheeks. Sunlight worsens it. Antimalarial drugs may help. The second type, systemic (disseminated) lupus erythematosus (SLE), may affect any organ or structure, especially the skin (with marks like those of the discoid type), kidneys, heart, nervous system, serous (moisture-forming) membranes (e.g., in synovial joints or lining the abdomen), and lymph nodes, with acute episodes and remissions. Symptoms vary widely. Kidney and central-nervous-system involvement can be life-threatening. Treatment includes pain relief, control of inflammation, and trying to limit damage to vital organs.

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