Definitions

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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Med.) Creeping; -- said of lesions which heal over one portion while continuing to advance at another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective creeping, advancing

Etymologies

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

[From Medieval Latin serpīgō, serpīgin-, lesion, from Latin serpere, to creep.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin serpigio (“creeping and spreading skin disease”)

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  • 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

  • Eewwwww. Cool word!

    March 13, 2008