von Willebrand's disease

von Willebrand's disease

[fawn vil-uh-brahnts]
noun Pathology.
an inherited autosomal recessive disease in which abnormally slow coagulation of blood may lead to spontaneous bleeding, excessive bleeding following an injury, and heavy menstrual flow.

Origin:
1940–45; after Erik Adolf von Willebrand (1870–1949), Finnish physician

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von Willebrand's disease von Wil·le·brand's disease (vŏn wĭl'ə-brāndz', fôn vĭl'ə-bränts')
n.
A hereditary predisposition to hemorrhaging characterized by bleeding from mucous membranes and various abnormalities in the blood components responsible for clotting. Also called angiohemophilia, vascular hemophilia.

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