Definition of pemphigus in English:



  • [mass noun] 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.’
    • ‘Bullous pemphigoid and pemphigus vulgaris also cause blistering skin lesions that appear in later adulthood, similar to porphyria cutanea tarda.’
    • ‘The involvement of mucous membranes is much less common with bullous pemphigoid than in pemphigus vulgaris, with blisters that are less easily ruptured.’
    • ‘He has made important contributions in autoantibody-mediated disease in pemphigus and pemphigoid.’
    • ‘Intact blisters tend to outnumber erosions in pemphigoid, while the reverse is true of the more superficial blisters occurring in pemphigus.’


Late 18th century: modern Latin, from Greek pemphix, pemphig- bubble.