Definition of progeria in English:

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Pronunciation: /prōˈji(ə)rēə/ Pronunciation: /prə-/


A rare syndrome in children characterized by physical signs and symptoms suggestive of premature old age.
Example sentences
  • It is impossible to predict how soon our findings will translate into treatments for children suffering from progeria.
  • Lerner and his colleagues studied genes in actively dividing cells from young, middle-aged and old patients, and those with progeria, another rare genetic disorder characterized by accelerated aging.
  • He said about one patient with progeria is born each year in the United States.


Early 20th century: modern Latin, from Greek progērōs 'prematurely old'.

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Syllabification: pro·ge·ri·a

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