noun[mass noun] Medicine
A rare hereditary syndrome causing rapid premature ageing, susceptibility to cancer, and other disorders.
- 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.
1930s: named after Carl O. Werner (1879–1936), German physician.
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