One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A skin disease in which watery blisters form on the skin.
- ‘For example, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and pemphigus occur more often in middle-aged people or sometimes in young adults.’
- ‘He has made important contributions in autoantibody-mediated disease in pemphigus and pemphigoid.’
- ‘Bullous pemphigoid and pemphigus vulgaris also cause blistering skin lesions that appear in later adulthood, similar to porphyria cutanea tarda.’
- ‘Intact blisters tend to outnumber erosions in pemphigoid, while the reverse is true of the more superficial blisters occurring in pemphigus.’
- ‘The involvement of mucous membranes is much less common with bullous pemphigoid than in pemphigus vulgaris, with blisters that are less easily ruptured.’
Late 18th century: modern Latin, from Greek pemphix, pemphig- ‘bubble’.
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