systemic lupus erythematosus

Pronunciation: (sis-TEH-mik LOO-pus AYR-ih-THEE-muh-TOH-sus)

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 systemic lupus erythematosus has all of the symptoms. Also called lupus and SLE.

Definition from: Cancer.gov

Date last modified: 2008-01-16