Definition of rupia in US English:

rupia

noun

Medicine
  • A skin disease in which there is an eruption of vesicles or pustules which develop into ulcerated sores covered by thick, dark scabs or crusts; especially a form of secondary syphilis characterized by such lesions.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Bateman (1778–1821), physician and dermatologist. From scientific Latin rupia from ancient Greek ῥύπος dirt, filth + classical Latin -ia.

Pronunciation

rupia

/ˈruːpɪə/