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

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

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


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

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

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From Latin lupus ("wolf").


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


  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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

  • Finsen's method for treating lupus is still used in the

    Physiology or Medicine 1903 - Presentation Speech

  • "There is an aspect of ultraviolet light that can damage DNA in the cells and this sets off an inflammatory reaction that then causes the rash we know as the lupus rash," said Fitzgerald.


  • I’m hoping to work towards $5000 next year, as research for lupus is slow even though it is the most common autoimmune disease, impacting over 2 million Americans every year.

    Subterranean Press » 2008 » September

  • On whether she's been tested for lupus, which is genetic:

    Lady Gaga Talks Lupus, Eating & Smoking Habits

  • I guess the most important thing that the tests showed is that you have an autoimmune disease called lupus.

    Unbearable Lightness


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  • "It's never lupus."

    —Dr. Gregory House

    July 15, 2009

  • "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