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Meaning of PEMPHIGUS

Pronunciation:  'pemfugus

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a skin disease characterized by large thin-walled blisters (bullae) arising from normal skin or mucous membrane

PEMPHIGUS is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: acantholysis, disease of the skin, skin condition, skin disease, skin disorder, skin problem



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pem*phi"gus\, n. [Nl., fr. Gr. ?, ?, a bubble.]
A somewhat rare skin disease, characterized by the
development of blebs upon different part of the body.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Pemphigus is an autoimmune disease in which an autoantibody directed against the intercellular substance of epidermis such that the epidermal cells above the basal cell layer lose their cohesiveness. Clinically, blisters are formed in mucosal surfaces, especially the mouth.