Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or being a skin lesion with a wavy or indented margin.

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  • adj. creeping, advancing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Creeping; -- said of lesions which heal over one portion while continuing to advance at another.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Affected with serpigo.
  • In medicine, noting certain affections which creep, as it were, from one part to another: as, serpiginous erysipelas.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Medieval Latin serpīgō, serpīgin-, lesion; see serpigo.

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Latin serpigio (“creeping and spreading skin disease”)

Examples

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  • Eewwwww. Cool word!

    March 13, 2008

  • Often used to describe a chronic medical affliction, such as a skin ailment, as slowly progressive or "creeping" (like ringworm). Serpignous choroidopathy is an eye condition that can involve the macula, the part of the fundus (eye) where central vision is processed.

    March 13, 2008