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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 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, "FDA data show numerous drugs in shortage. Among them: a leading antidepressant," 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,, "Hydroxychloroquine Works in at Least One Way: Sowing Discord," 5 June 2020 Hydroxychloroquine is often used to treat lupus and rheumatoid disease. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Trump 'feeling perfect' after two-week hydroxychloroquine regimen and 'would take it again'," 28 May 2020 Hydroxychloroquine is an antimalarial drug that's also used to treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. NBC News, "Hydroxychloroquine fails to prevent COVID-19, large study finds," 24 May 2020 Researchers are searching through available options to treat the coronavirus, which has killed more than 330,000 people, including drugs like the antimalarials that are also already approved to treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. John Lauerman, Fortune, "Hydroxychloroquine linked to deaths and heart risks in new COVID-19 study after Trump touted and claimed to be taking the drug," 22 May 2020 Hydroxychloroquine is typically used as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, health experts say. Dallas News, "Antimalarial drug promoted by Trump puts coronavirus patients at greater risk of death, study finds," 22 May 2020 Regulators issued the alert for the drug, which can also be used to treat lupus and arthritis, after receiving reports of heart rhythm problems, including deaths, from poison control centers and other health providers. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump says he’s taking malaria drug to protect against virus, despite FDA warning," 18 May 2020 People with lupus, people with rheumatoid arthritis, people with Sjogren’s disease, those are the three autoimmune diseases where some patients are on hydroxychloroquine to manage their disease. Anna Kuchment, Dallas News, "How to stay safe as Texas reopens: Dallas-area doctors answer your coronavirus questions," 22 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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15 Jun 2020

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“Lupus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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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