Main meanings of lupus in English

: lupus1Lupus2


Pronunciation /ˈl(j)uːpəs/


mass noun
  • Any of various diseases or conditions marked by inflammation of the skin, especially lupus vulgaris or lupus erythematosus.

    ‘In some patients, lupus skin disease or lupus internal organ disease can be triggered by reactions to certain drugs.’
    • ‘Tests show blood rheumatism, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic fever, nervous rheumatism, or bone rheumatism.’
    • ‘It can occur by itself or with other, common autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.’
    • ‘ANA testing is done primarily when systemic lupus erythematosus or drug-induced lupus is suspected.’
    • ‘However, dermatomyositis skin disease generally is harder to treat than is lupus skin disease.’
    • ‘The commonest causes of vasculitic ulcers are rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, and polyarteritis nodosa.’
    • ‘Type 1 diabetes, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis are some examples of autoimmune disorders.’
    • ‘More developed and extensive lesions may mimic discoid lupus, psoriasis or secondary syphilis.’
    • ‘The new findings also may be important to people with systemic autoimmune disorders such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.’
    • ‘So does chronic prostatitis go along with lupus or rheumatoid or MS or some of those other auto-immune diseases?’
    • ‘But some women developed autoimmune diseases such as lupus, which they attributed to the implants.’
    • ‘Sarge now has discoid lupus, an autoimmune disease with no cure.’
    • ‘The concern that collagen injections can trigger autoimmune diseases like lupus is also unfounded, experts say.’
    • ‘He struggled during the 1999 season with Oakland and was diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disease.’
    • ‘The condition may also be associated with an underlying disorder, such as atopic dermatitis or lupus.’
    • ‘Rarely, a hypersensitivity syndrome ranging from urticaria to drug induced lupus can be caused by minocycline.’
    • ‘These antibodies are believed to be the cause of the symptoms of systemic lupus, especially kidney disease.’
    • ‘There is no known cure for lupus, but the symptoms of the disease can be controlled.’
    • ‘You are more likely to get a fungal infection if your immune system doesn't work properly, for example if you have diabetes or lupus, or if you have recently had chemotherapy.’
    • ‘The resulting maladies nut the gamut from food allergies to migraines, fibromyalgia, lupus, arthritis and so on.’


Late 16th century from Latin, literally ‘wolf’.

Main meanings of Lupus in English

: lupus1Lupus2


Pronunciation /ˈl(j)uːpəs/

proper noun

  • A southern constellation (the Wolf), lying partly in the Milky Way between Scorpius and Centaurus.


(also Lupi)
  • postpositive Used with preceding Greek letter or numeral to designate a star in the Lupus constellation.

    • ‘the star Delta Lupi’


Latin. Lupi is the Latin genitive form of Lupus.