Share this entry

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

Definition of myxedema in English:

noun

Medicine
1Swelling of the skin and underlying tissues giving a waxy consistency, typical of patients with underactive thyroid glands.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Definition of myxedema in:

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.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources