serpiginous
adjective Etymology: Middle English serpiginose, from Medieval Latin serpiginosus, from serpigin-, serpigo creeping skin disease, from Latin serpere to creep Date: 15th century creeping, spreading; especially healing over in one portion while continuing to advance in another <
serpiginous ulcers
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serpiginously adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Serpiginous — Serpiginous, often referring to some chronic medical affliction, signifies it as slowly progressive or creeping , such as ringworm. Regarding skin ailments in particular, this means that such a disease leaves scar tissue below while continuing to …   Wikipedia

  • Serpiginous — Ser*pig i*nous, a. [Cf. F. serpigineux.] (Med.) Creeping; said of lesions which heal over one portion while continuing to advance at another. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • serpiginous — adjective creeping, advancing Leprosy is a serpiginous disease …   Wiktionary

  • serpiginous — Creeping; denoting an ulcer or other cutaneous lesion that extends with an arciform border; the margin has a wavy or serpent like border. [Mediev. L. serpigo ( gin ), ringworm, fr. L. serpo, to creep] * * * ser·pig·i·nous (.)sər pij ə nəs …   Medical dictionary

  • serpiginous — ser·pig·i·nous (sər pĭjʹə nəs) adj. Of or being a skin lesion with a wavy or indented margin.   [From Medieval Latin serpīgō, serpīgin , lesion. See serpigo.] * * * …   Universalium

  • serpiginous — [sə: pɪdʒɪnəs] adjective Medicine (of a skin lesion or ulcerated region) having a wavy margin. Origin ME: from med. L. serpigo, serpigin ringworm + ous …   English new terms dictionary

  • serpiginous — ser·pig·i·nous …   English syllables

  • serpiginous — adj. describing a creeping or extending skin lesion, especially one with a wavy edge …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • serpiginous —   a. Med., spreading by creeping.    ♦ serpigo, n. such disease; ringworm …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • serpiginous — adj. (of a skin disease etc.) creeping from one part to another. Etymology: med.L serpigo ginis ringworm f. L serpere creep …   Useful english dictionary

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