Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Systemic lupus erythematosus.
  • noun Any of various chronic skin conditions characterized by ulcerative lesions that spread over the body. No longer in scientific use.

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  • noun The specific name of the grey wolf, Canis lupus.
  • noun pathology A debilitating autoimmune disease which attacks the whole body, causing skin sores, pains throughout the body, lack of breath, and kidney and heart problems.

Etymologies

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[Medieval Latin, from Latin, wolf; see wl̥kwo- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin lupus ("wolf").

Examples

  • The term lupus refers to three different autoimmune diseases: discoid, SLE, and drug-induced lupus.

    THE LUPUS HANDBOOK FOR WOMEN

  • The term lupus refers to three different autoimmune diseases: discoid, SLE, and drug-induced lupus.

    THE LUPUS HANDBOOK FOR WOMEN

  • The term lupus refers to three different autoimmune diseases: discoid, SLE, and drug-induced lupus.

    THE LUPUS HANDBOOK FOR WOMEN

  • If Canadians wanted to persecute their wolves, there was no need to ship them south; Canis lupus is sufficiently under siege in the "great white north," with provincial governments scapegoating wolves for everything from the precipitous decline of mountain caribou to the near-extinction of the Vancouver Island marmot.

    Chris Genovali: The Death Cults Among Us

  • If Canadians wanted to persecute their wolves, there was no need to ship them south; Canis lupus is sufficiently under siege in the "great white north," with provincial governments scapegoating wolves for everything from the precipitous decline of mountain caribou to the near-extinction of the Vancouver Island marmot.

    Chris Genovali: The Death Cults Among Us

  • While (to my knowledge) no-one doubts the idea that domestic dogs and wolves are close relatives, firm evidence showing that domestic dogs are nested within the species Canis lupus is lacking.

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • While (to my knowledge) no-one doubts the idea that domestic dogs and wolves are close relatives, firm evidence showing that domestic dogs are nested within the species Canis lupus is lacking.

    Controversial origins of the domestic dog

  • Enjoy this turkey day feast • Drug helps treat kidney issues in lupus patients • Female German leader poses Web problem • The early bird catches fire, burns the house • Most viewed on MSNBC. com

    Think Progress » Thanksgiving is good for you.

  • Enjoy this turkey day feast • Drug helps treat kidney issues in lupus patients • Female German leader poses Web problem • The early bird catches fire, burns the house • Most viewed on MSNBC. com

    Think Progress » Thanksgiving is good for you.

  • It has been noted that in recent years the proportion of cases of early lupus is much higher than before.

    Physiology or Medicine 1903 - Presentation Speech

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  • "Lupus, the Wolf, in astronomy, a southern constellation, joined to the Centaur, containing 19, or, according to Flamstead's Flamsteed's'>Flamsteed's catalogue, 24 stars."

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 250

    October 14, 2008

  • "It's never lupus."

    —Dr. Gregory House

    July 15, 2009