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serpiginous

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adjective ser·pig·i·nous \(ˌ)sər-ˈpi-jə-nəs\

Definition of serpiginous

  1. :  creeping, spreading; especially :  healing over in one portion while continuing to advance in another <serpiginous ulcers>

ser·pig·i·nous·ly adverb


Origin of serpiginous

Middle English serpiginose, from Medieval Latin serpiginosus, from serpigin-, serpigo creeping skin disease, from Latin serpere to creep


First Known Use: 15th century


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serpiginous

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adjective ser·pig·i·nous \(ˌ)sər-ˈpij-ə-nəs\

Medical Definition of serpiginous

  1. :  slowly spreading; especially :  healing over in one portion while continuing to advance in another <serpiginous ulcer>




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