Definition of lupus
: any of several diseases characterized by skin lesions; especially : systemic lupus erythematosus
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In March, Dr. Gary Kammer, a Wake Forest University rheumatology professor and leading lupus expert, was found to have made up two families and their medical conditions in grant applications to the National Institutes of Health.
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Origin and Etymology of lupus
Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from Latin, wolf
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of lupus for English Language Learners
medical : a disease that affects the nervous system, joints, and skin
Medical Definition of lupus
: any of several diseases (as lupus vulgaris or systemic lupus erythematosus) characterized by skin lesions
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