Definition of lupus erythematosus in English:

lupus erythematosus


mass noun
  • An autoimmune inflammatory disease causing scaly red patches on the skin, especially on the face, and sometimes affecting connective tissue in the internal organs.

    • ‘Under the topic of auto-immunity, most programs included only two specific diseases, systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis.’
    • ‘This symptom pattern can occur in gonococcal arthritis, rheumatic fever, sarcoidosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, Lyme disease, bacterial endocarditis, and Whipple's disease.’
    • ‘THH has been used widely in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of various human autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatic arthritis, lupus erythematosus, hyperthyroidism, psoriasis and so on.’
    • ‘Symptoms such as arthralgias, muscle weakness, or unusual rash may indicate the possibility of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus erythematosus, or dermatomyositis.’
    • ‘For example, the Ro antibody test, when positive, can indicate a risk for certain forms of lupus skin disease such as subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus and neonatal lupus erythematosus.’


Mid 19th century: from lupus + modern Latin erythematosus, from Greek eruthēma ‘reddening’.


lupus erythematosus