American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An inflammatory, multisystemic, autoimmune disease of the connective tissue, characterized by fever, skin lesions, joint pain or arthritis, and anemia, and often affecting the kidneys, spleen, and various other organs.
- n. healthcare A systemic autoimmune disease (or autoimmune connective tissue disease), where the immune system attacks the body's cells and tissue that causes inflammation and tissue damage.
- n. an inflammatory disease of connective tissue with variable features including fever and weakness and fatigability and joint pains and skin lesions on the face or neck or arms
“Prevalence of symptoms of systemic lupus erythematosus SLE and of fluorescent antinuclear antibodies associated with chronic exposure to trichloroethylene and other chemicals in well water.”
“The prevalence of autoimmune diseases like systemic lupus erythematosus or lupus, multiple sclerosis, and type 1 diabetes is on the rise.”
“Characterization of autoantibody activities in sera anti-DNA antibody and circulating immune complexes from 12 systemic lupus erythematosus patients.”
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