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Huntington's disease Line breaks: Hun¦ting|ton's dis|ease
Pronunciation: /ˈhʌntɪŋt(ə)nz/

Definition of Huntington's disease in English:

noun

[mass noun]
A hereditary disease marked by degeneration of the brain cells and causing chorea and progressive dementia.
Example sentences
  • The progressive nature of Huntington's disease will eventually force patients to retire from employment.
  • Chorea is the most noticeable feature of Huntington's disease.
  • There is no cure for Huntington's disease and its progress cannot be reversed or slowed down.

Origin

Late 19th century: named after George Huntington (1851–1916), the American neurologist who first described it.

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