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ˈpɛm fɪ gəs, pɛmˈfaɪ-pem·phi·gus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pemphigusnoun

    a skin disease characterized by large thin-walled blisters (bullae) arising from normal skin or mucous membrane


  1. pemphigusnoun

    A severe autoimmune skin disease characterized by pustules and painful blisters, and which can be fatal.

  2. Etymology: From πέμφιξ.


  1. pemphigus

    Pemphigus is a group of rare autoimmune diseases characterized by the formation of blisters in the skin and mucous membranes, such as those in the mouth, nose, throat, eyes, and genitals. These blisters can be painful and make eating, drinking, and other daily activities difficult. The condition occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks proteins in the skin and mucous membranes, leading to blistering and erosion. There are several types of pemphigus, including pemphigus vulgaris, pemphigus foliaceus, and paraneoplastic pemphigus, each with their own set of symptoms. It is a serious condition that requires medical attention and treatment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pemphigusnoun

    a somewhat rare skin disease, characterized by the development of blebs upon different part of the body

  2. Etymology: [Nl., fr. Gr. , , a bubble.]


  1. Pemphigus

    Pemphigus is a rare group of blistering autoimmune diseases that affect the skin and mucous membranes. In pemphigus, autoantibodies form against desmoglein. Desmoglein forms the "glue" that attaches adjacent epidermal cells via attachment points called desmosomes. When autoantibodies attack desmogleins, the cells become separated from each other and the epidermis becomes "unglued", a phenomenon called acantholysis. This causes blisters that slough off and turn into sores. In some cases, these blisters can cover a significant area of the skin. Originally, the cause of this disease was unknown, and "pemphigus" was used to refer to any blistering disease of the skin and mucosa. In 1964, a historic paper that changed the understanding of pemphigus was published. In 1971, an article investigating the autoimmune nature of this disease was published.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pemphigus

    pem′fi-gus, n. an affection of the skin with pustules.—adj. Pem′phigoid. [Gr.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Pemphigus

    Group of chronic blistering diseases characterized histologically by ACANTHOLYSIS and blister formation within the EPIDERMIS.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pemphigus in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pemphigus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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