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pemphigus

[pem-fi-guh s, pem-fahy-] /ˈpɛm fɪ gəs, pɛmˈfaɪ-/
noun, Pathology
1.
any of several diseases, often fatal, characterized by blisters on the skin and mucous membranes.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; < Neo-Latin < Greek pemphīg- (stem of pémphīx) bubble + Latin -us noun suffix
Related forms
pemphigoid
[pem-fi-goid] /ˈpɛm fɪˌgɔɪd/ (Show IPA),
adjective
pemphigous, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pemphigus

pemphigus

/ˈpɛmfɪɡəs; pɛmˈfaɪ-/
noun
1.
(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
Word Origin
C18: via New Latin from Greek pemphix bubble
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pemphigus in Medicine

pemphigus pem·phi·gus (pěm'fĭ-gəs, pěm-fī'gəs)
n.
Any of several acute or chronic skin diseases characterized by groups of itching blisters.


pem'phi·gous adj.
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Encyclopedia Article for pemphigus

a group of skin diseases characterized by large blisters that appear on the skin and mucous membranes. Pemphigus diseases include pemphigus vulgaris, pemphigus vegetans, pemphigus foliaceus, pemphigus erythematosus, and benign familial pemphigus.

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