Definition of von Recklinghausen's disease in English:

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von Recklinghausen's disease

Pronunciation: /vän ˈrekliNGˌhouzənz dəˌzēz/

noun

1A hereditary disease in which numerous benign tumors develop in various parts of the body, especially the skin and the fibrous sheaths of the nerves. It is a form of neurofibromatosis.
Example sentences
  • Neurofibromatosis, or von Recklinghausen's disease, is a relatively common autosomal dominant genetic disorder in which affected individuals develop benign and malignant tumors at an increased frequency.
2A disease in which the bones are weakened as a result of excessive secretion of the parathyroid hormone, leading to bowing and fracture of long bones and sometimes deformities of the chest and spine. Also called osteitis fibrosa cystica (see osteitis).

Origin

Early 20th century: named after Friedrich von Recklinghausen (1833–1910), German pathologist.

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