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Is lupus an abbreviation, or is it named for a famous doctor or scientist?
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Dr. Angus Worthing
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Latin for wolf
Lupus is latin for "wolf" because wolves have marks on their faces that resemble the facial rash seen in lupus.

In brief: Latin for wolf
Lupus is latin for "wolf" because wolves have marks on their faces that resemble the facial rash seen in lupus.
Dr. Angus Worthing
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Dr. John Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: The wolf
Since people with lupus can have a red face, similar to which a wolf has.
Thus the term "lupus erythematosus" - [red wolf] was developed to identify these patients with a red face, but also a variety of other signs and symtoms.

In brief: The wolf
Since people with lupus can have a red face, similar to which a wolf has.
Thus the term "lupus erythematosus" - [red wolf] was developed to identify these patients with a red face, but also a variety of other signs and symtoms.
Dr. John Goldman
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