Definition of Werner's syndrome in English:

Werner's syndrome

Syllabification: Wer·ner's syn·drome
Pronunciation: /ˈwərnərz ˌsinˌdrōm


  • A rare hereditary syndrome causing rapid premature aging, susceptibility to cancer, and other disorders.
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    • Dr Faragher and his colleagues have been searching for clues in people with Werner's syndrome, a disease in which ageing is speeded up by a faulty gene, causing sufferers to die in their forties with the bodies of centenarians.
    • Cells taken from patients with Werner's syndrome, who show an acceleration of many features of normal aging, make significantly fewer divisions in culture than normal cells.


1930s: named after Carl O. Werner (1879–1936), German physician.

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