Definition of myxedema in English:


Syllabification: myx·e·de·ma
Pronunciation: /ˌmiksəˈdēmə
(British myxoedema)


  • 1Swelling of the skin and underlying tissues giving a waxy consistency, typical of patients with underactive thyroid glands.
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    • Patients with myxedema present with rough skin of the palms, soles, elbows and knees, and yellow-orange discoloration of the skin, along with other signs of hypothyroidism.
    • The differential diagnosis includes venous stasis dermatitis, pretibial myxedema, filariasis, and ichthyosis.
    • He supports this with reference to a retrospective analysis of the records of 50 patients with myxoedema.
  • 1.1The more general condition associated with hypothyroidism, including weight gain, mental dullness, and sensitivity to cold.

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