Meaning of systemic lupus erythematosus

system'ic lu'pus erythemato'sus

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— Pathol. Pathol.
  1. an autoimmune inflammatory disease of the connective tissues, occurring mainly among middle-aged women, chiefly characterized by skin eruptions, joint pain, recurrent pleurisy, and kidney disease. Abbr.: SLE
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