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systemic lupus erythematosus

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noun systemic lupus er·y·the·ma·to·sus \-ˌer-ə-ˌthē-mə-ˈtō-səs\

Definition of systemic lupus erythematosus

  1. :  an inflammatory connective tissue disease that is often held to be an autoimmune disease and that occurs chiefly in women, is characterized especially by fever, skin rash, and arthritis, often by acute hemolytic anemia, by small hemorrhages in the skin and mucous membranes, by inflammation of the pericardium, and in serious cases by involvement of the kidneys and central nervous system



1951

First Known Use of systemic lupus erythematosus

1951


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systemic lupus erythematosus

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noun systemic lupus er·y·the·ma·to·sus \-ˌer-ə-ˌthē-mə-ˈtō-səs\

Medical Definition of systemic lupus erythematosus

  1. :  a chronic, inflammatory, variable, autoimmune disease of connective tissue that occurs chiefly in women and is typically characterized by fever, skin rash, fatigue, and joint pain and often by disorders of the blood, kidneys, heart, lungs, and brain (such as hemolytic anemia, nephritis, pleurisy, pericarditis, cognitive dysfunction, or meningitis) <No disease more dramatically illustrates the body's capacity to turn on itself than systemic lupus erythematosus …—Stephen E. Goldfinger and Paul Cotton, Harvard Medical Health Letter, September 1992> <We would also run blood tests for autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus, in which the body reacts to its own cells and proteins …—Abigail Zuger, Discover, March 1994>—abbreviation SLE; called also systemic lupus




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