Definition of "lupus" []

  • Systemic lupus erythematosus. (noun)
  • Any of various chronic skin conditions characterized by ulcerative lesions that spread over the body. No longer in scientific use. (noun)
  • Any of various ulcerative skin diseases (noun)

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Use "lupus" in a sentence
  • "The term lupus refers to three different autoimmune diseases: discoid, SLE, and drug-induced lupus."
  • "If Canadians wanted to persecute their wolves, there was no need to ship them south; Canis lupus is sufficiently under siege in the "great white north," with provincial governments scapegoating wolves for everything from the precipitous decline of mountain caribou to the near-extinction of the Vancouver Island marmot."
  • "While (to my knowledge) no-one doubts the idea that domestic dogs and wolves are close relatives, firm evidence showing that domestic dogs are nested within the species Canis lupus is lacking."