lu·​pus | \ ˈlü-pəs How to pronounce lupus (audio) \

Definition of lupus

1 : any of several diseases characterized by skin lesions especially : systemic lupus erythematosus sense 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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Recent Examples on the Web Non-infectious meningitis can be caused by physical injury, cancer, systemic lupus and certain drugs. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 27 May 2021 The participants in the study had a wide range of illnesses, including inflammatory bowel disease, systemic lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Author: Ariana Eunjung Cha, Anchorage Daily News, 19 May 2021 Blair, who has since been furloughed, said the stress of the situation exacerbated her lupus and forced her to check into a hospital last year. Julia Musto, Fox News, 26 Feb. 2021 Until now, doctors have been limited to treatments developed to fight other illnesses like Ebola, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Anna Kuchment, Dallas News, 14 Aug. 2020 Those generics include hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial drug commonly prescribed to treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, azithromycin, a common antibiotic, and famotidine, a heartburn drug. Dian Zhang, USA TODAY, 10 June 2020 Unlike remdesivir, an experimental antiviral developed for Ebola, hydroxychloroquine has years of credentials against inflammatory illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Marthe Fourcade,, 5 June 2020 Hydroxychloroquine is often used to treat lupus and rheumatoid disease. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, 28 May 2020 Hydroxychloroquine is an antimalarial drug that's also used to treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. NBC News, 24 May 2020

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First Known Use of lupus

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lupus

Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Latin, wolf

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“Lupus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lupus

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


lu·​pus | \ ˈlü-pəs How to pronounce lupus (audio) \

Medical Definition of lupus

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

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