Definition of Addison's disease in English:

Share this entry

Addison's disease

noun

A disease characterized by progressive anemia, low blood pressure, great weakness, and bronze discoloration of the skin. It is caused by inadequate secretion of hormones by the adrenal cortex.
Example sentences
  • Patients with hypothyroidism may have other autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, Addison's disease, or pernicious anaemia.
  • Relative, rather than absolute, leukocytosis occurs in a number of clinical situations, such as infancy, viral infections, connective tissue diseases, thyrotoxicosis and Addison's disease.
  • In people with Addison's disease, the adrenal cortex is destroyed, leading to a deficiency or absence of the hormones it produces.

Origin

Mid 19th century: named after Thomas Addison (1793–1860), the English physician who described the disease.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: Ad·di·son's dis·ease

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.