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.
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).
early 20th century: named after Friedrich von Recklinghausen (1833–1910), German pathologist
von Recklinghausen's disease in other Oxford dictionaries