Definition of lupus
: any of several diseases characterized by skin lesions; especially : systemic lupus erythematosus
Recent Examples of lupus from the Web
Areas in St. Louis county near the Westlake Landfill Superfund site have higher incidence of lupus, rare cancers, neuropathy, and congenital defects than the general population.
Jackie and Rande, identified only by their first names, have been looking after their grandchildren ever since their daughter died of lupus, according to New Jersey lottery officials.
Spoonies take their name from Spoon Theory, an idea proposed by a woman named Christine Miserandino who was diagnosed with a chain of illnesses including chronic-fatigue syndrome before landing with a diagnosis of lupus.
In Kansas City, Stephenie Hashmi is still struggling with lupus, and still struggling to get disability benefits.
Spell said Stockstill, a mother of five, suffers from lupus and fibromyalgia and hurt her rotator cuff while in jail.
The Catholic writer Flannery O’Connor, who contracted lupus in her 20s and fought the debilitating illness the rest of her life before dying at age 39 in 1964, never married.
Lori S. Goodman, a professional instructor and director of the award-winning Western High School Dance Team, died April 25 from lupus.
Of all the conditions listed, the Kaiser Family Foundation found evidence that before the Affordable Care Act, about three dozen of them were declinable — from AIDS/H.I.V. and lupus to severe obesity and diabetes.
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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
LUPUS Defined for English Language Learners
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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