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

Examples of lupus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s because in studying Piqueras, doctors were able to figure out the cause of her lupus: a single variant in the gene that encodes for the protein called Toll-like receptor 7, or TLR7. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 18 June 2022 For now, there is little Malcolm and Martin can do except take medications to control their lupus. New York Times, 17 May 2022 Among the medicines on that list are those for heart failure and lupus — conditions for which patients already have multiple medicines available. Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2022 For her, this type of self-care is also a crucial part of managing her lupus. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 22 June 2021 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 See More

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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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8 Jul 2022

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“Lupus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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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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