|pemphigus (ˈpɛmfɪɡəs, pɛmˈfaɪ-)|
|pathol any of a group of blistering skin diseases, esp a potentially fatal form (pemphigus vulgaris) characterized by large blisters on the skin, mucous membranes of the mouth, genitals, intestines, etc, which eventually rupture and form painful denuded areas from which critical amounts of bodily protein, fluid, and blood may be lost|
|[C18: via New Latin from Greek pemphix bubble]|
pemphigoid pem·phi·goid (pěm'fĭ-goid')
Resembling pemphigus. n.
A disease resembling pemphigus except as being nonacantholytic and generally benign.
pemphigus pem·phi·gus (pěm'fĭ-gəs, pěm-fī'gəs)
Any of several acute or chronic skin diseases characterized by groups of itching blisters.