1580–90; < Medieval Latin, special use of Latin lupus wolf

lupous, adjective Unabridged


noun, genitive Lupi [loo-pahy] . Astronomy.
the Wolf, a southern constellation between Centaurus and Norma.

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lupus (ˈluːpəs)
any of various ulcerative skin diseases
usage  In current usage the word lupus alone is generally understood to signify lupus vulgaris, lupus erythematosus being normally referred to in full or by the abbreviation LE

Lupus (ˈluːpəs)
n , Latin genitive Lupi
a constellation in the S hemisphere lying between Centaurus and Ara

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late 14c., used of several diseases that cause ulcerations of the skin, from M.L. lupus, from L. lupus "wolf" (see wolf), apparently because it "devours" the affected part.
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lupus lu·pus (lōō'pəs)
Any of several diseases, especially systemic lupus erythematosus, that principally affect the skin and joints but often also involve other systems of the body.

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lupus   (l'pəs)  Pronunciation Key 
See systemic lupus erythematosus.
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lupus [(looh-puhs)]

An autoimmune disease that tends to strike women more frequently than men. The disease attacks the body's connective tissues.

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Scientists developing drugs to treat lupus face a daunting set of challenges.
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