noun[mass noun] Medicine
A rare syndrome in children characterized by physical symptoms suggestive of premature old age.
- 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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