Addison's disease

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Addison's disease a glandular disorder caused by failure of function of the cortex of the adrenal gland and marked by anemia and prostration with brownish skin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Addison's disease (Med) A morbid condition causing a peculiar brownish discoloration of the skin, and thought, at one time, to be due to disease of the suprarenal capsules (two flat triangular bodies covering the upper part of the kidneys), but now known not to be dependent upon this causes exclusively. It is usually fatal.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Named from Thomas Addison, M. D., of London, who first described it

Usage

In literature:

There are several varieties: that called Addison's disease, that due to uterine disease, etc.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
Addison's Disease always ends suddenly.
"Essays In Pastoral Medicine" by Austin ÓMalley
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In news:

Addison's Disease and Cushing's Syndrome.
You see, 2 years ago Nathan was diagnosed with Addison's Disease and Diabetes --a combination that can be deadly if his blood sugar levels aren't constantly monitored.
Addison seems to be giving in to her attraction to Pete, Violet is actively trying to befriend her ex-lover Alan, and Naomi's teenage daughter visits Addison in the clinic for possible STD's (sexually transmitted disease).
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