Definition of serpiginous in English:



  • (of a skin lesion or ulcerated region) having a wavy margin.

    ‘the lesions had persisted with advancing serpiginous trails’
    • ‘Granuloma annulare may present as a serpiginous, hyperpigmented skin discoloration, but the skin lesions would be raised papules, not just macular skin changes as in this case.’
    • ‘Volar aspects of the wrists contained multiple serpiginous scaling lesions.’
    • ‘Urticaria may present with serpiginous lesions.’
    • ‘The rupture of the posterobasal portion of the heart characteristically presents with a complex morphologic structure with serpiginous and hemorrhagic tracts away from the primary laceration.’
    • ‘Histology revealed a highly cellular, primarily diffuse and focally serpiginous growing tumor with pushing borders and extensive necrosis.’


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin serpigo, serpigin- ‘ringworm’ (from Latin serpere ‘to creep’) + -ous.