lupus

noun lu·pus \ ˈlü-pəs \
|Updated on: 14 Jul 2018

Definition of lupus

1 : any of several diseases characterized by skin lesions; especially : systemic lupus erythematosus 2
2 Lupus , astronomy : a southern constellation that is visible between the constellations of Scorpius and Centaurus and that is represented by the figure of a wolf
  • Above Lupus lies Scorpius, one of the few constellations whose star pattern actually suggests the object that it is named for. In the myths, the scorpion was assigned by Artemis, the hunting goddess, to kill Orion, far across the sky.
  • —Don Moser

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Origin and Etymology of lupus

Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Latin, wolf


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Definition of lupus for English Language Learners

  • medical : a disease that affects the nervous system, joints, and skin


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lupus

noun lu·pus \ ˈlü-pəs \

medical Definition of lupus

: any of several diseases (as lupus vulgaris or systemic lupus erythematosus) characterized by skin lesions

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