systemic lupus erythematosus

noun
systemic lupus er·​y·​the·​ma·​to·​sus | \-ˌer-ə-ˌthē-mə-ˈtō-səs \

Definition of systemic lupus erythematosus 

: a chronic, inflammatory, variable autoimmune disease of connective tissue that occurs chiefly in women and is typically characterized by fever, skin rash, fatigue, and joint pain and often by disorders of the blood, kidneys, heart, lungs, and brain (such as hemolytic anemia, nephritis, pleurisy, pericarditis, cognitive dysfunction, or meningitis) abbreviation SLE

called also lupus

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There are different forms of lupus, but the most common one is systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), which can cause issues with your joints, kidneys, skin, blood cells, brain, lungs, or heart. Korin Miller, SELF, "Model Robyn Lawley Shares Photos of Her Scars After Having a Seizure and Falling Down Stairs," 16 Aug. 2018 In addition, his work explored the role of the receptors in end-stage kidney disease and in alcoholic cirrhosis, and in the molecular signaling responsible for rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. Bonnie L. Cook, Philly.com, "Dr. Alan D. Schreiber, 75, physician-scientist who headed research lab at Penn," 3 Oct. 2017

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1951, in the meaning defined above

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systemic lupus erythematosus

noun
systemic lupus er·​y·​the·​ma·​to·​sus | \-ˌer-ə-ˌthē-mə-ˈtō-səs \

Medical Definition of systemic lupus erythematosus 

: a chronic, inflammatory, variable, autoimmune disease of connective tissue that occurs chiefly in women and is typically characterized by fever, skin rash, fatigue, and joint pain and often by disorders of the blood, kidneys, heart, lungs, and brain (such as hemolytic anemia, nephritis, pleurisy, pericarditis, cognitive dysfunction, or meningitis) No disease more dramatically illustrates the body's capacity to turn on itself than systemic lupus erythematosus— Stephen E. Goldfinger and Paul Cotton, Harvard Medical Health Letter, September 1992 We would also run blood tests for autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus, in which the body reacts to its own cells and proteins …— Abigail Zuger, Discover, March 1994 abbreviation SLE

called also systemic lupus

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