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Pronunciation: ru'pe-a


  1. Ulcers of late secondary syphilis, covered with yellowish or brown crusts that have been compared in their appearance with oyster shells.
  2. Term occasionally used to designate a very scaly, heaped-up, and secondarily infected psoriatic lesion.

[G. rhypos, filth]

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