Definition of Lesch–Nyhan syndrome in English:

Lesch–Nyhan syndrome

Line breaks: Lesch–Nyhan syn|drome
Pronunciation: /lɛʃˈnʌɪhən


[mass noun]
A rare hereditary disease which affects young boys, usually causing early death. It is marked by compulsive self-mutilation of the head and hands, together with learning difficulties and involuntary muscular movements.


1960s: named after Michael Lesch (born 1939) and William L. Nyhan (born 1926), American physicians.

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