Pronunciation: (LOO-pus)

A chronic, inflammatory, connective tissue disease that can affect the joints and many organs, including the skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, and nervous system. It can cause many different symptoms; however, not everyone with lupus has all of the symptoms. Also called SLE and systemic lupus erythematosus.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Date last modified: 2008-01-16