American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several acute or chronic skin diseases characterized by groups of itching blisters.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An affection of the skin, consisting of eruptions (bullæ) of various sizes, from that of a pea to that of a walnut, usually with accompaniment of fever. Also called pompholyx and bladdery fever.
- n. In entomology: [cap] A genus of plant-lice or aphids of the subfamily Pemphiginæ (Hartig, 1841). They are usually large species, with a copious waxy secretion, which deform the leaves of certain plants and sometimes producegalls. Thus, P.populicaulis makes galls at the base of the leaves of the cottonwood (Populus monliifera).
- n. An aphid of the genus Pemphigus: as, the vagabond pemphigus, P.ragabunda.
- n. pathology A severe autoimmune skin disease characterized by pustules and painful blisters, and which can be fatal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) A somewhat rare skin disease, characterized by the development of blebs upon different parts of the body.
- n. a skin disease characterized by large thin-walled blisters (bullae) arising from normal skin or mucous membrane
- From Ancient Greek πέμφιξ (pemphix, "pustule"). (Wiktionary)
- New Latin pemphīgus, from Greek pemphīx, pemphīg-, pustule. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A grave type of pemphigus is exceptionally observed in the newborn -- _pemphigus neonatorum_.”
“He had been in failing health in recent years, battling cancer of the esophagus as well as pemphigus, a rare autoimmune disease.”
“His underlying disease was pemphigus vulgaris, a nasty autoimmune blistering disease of the skin.”
“‘Materia Medica,’ etc., is pemphigus, so pemphigus it is, and he has been ‘tonic – ed’ and massaged.”
“The same physician, speaking of pemphigus, writes in the same place, that its etiology, prognosis and treatment, are still very dubious; that it leads to extensive chronic sufferings, and often terminates fatally; and that no specific remedy is known for this disease.”
“These developments lead us to suspect that urticaria and pemphigus are identical in essence; this fact is richly substantiated by the homœopathic law which furnishes identical means of cure for either of these affections.”
“Sometimes it presents flaccid bullæ like pemphigus foliaceus, and then there are crusts as well as scales, with rhagades on the mouth, anus, etc.; there is a total absence of fever or other general symptoms.”
“Opinions differ regarding it, some considering it of septic origin, while others believe it to be nothing but pemphigus foliaceus.”
“Sometimes it presents flaccid bullae like pemphigus foliaceus, and then there are crusts as well as scales, with rhagades on the mouth, anus, etc.; there is a total absence of fever or other general symptoms.”
“In doubtful cases, an observation of several weeks will always suffice to distinguish it from eczema, erythema multiforme, herpes iris and pemphigus, diseases to which it at times bears strong resemblance.”
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