Definition of Werner's syndrome in English:

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Werner's syndrome

Pronunciation: /ˈwəːnəz/
/ˈvɛː-/

noun

[mass noun] Medicine
A rare hereditary syndrome causing rapid premature ageing, susceptibility to cancer, and other disorders.
Example sentences
  • Dr Faragher and his colleagues have been searching for clues in people with Werner's syndrome, a disease in which ageing is speeded up by a faulty gene, causing sufferers to die in their forties with the bodies of centenarians.
  • Cells taken from patients with Werner's syndrome, who show an acceleration of many features of normal aging, make significantly fewer divisions in culture than normal cells.

Origin

1930s: named after Carl O. Werner (1879–1936), German physician.

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