|Addison's disease (ˈædɪsənz)|
|Also called: adrenal insufficiency a disease characterized by deep bronzing of the skin, anaemia, and extreme weakness, caused by underactivity of the adrenal glands|
|[C19: named after Thomas Addison (1793--1860), British physician who identified it]|
Addison's disease n.
A disease caused by partial or total failure of adrenocortical function, characterized by a bronzelike pigmentation of the skin and mucous membranes, anemia, weakness, nausea, and low blood pressure. Also called bronzed disease, chronic adrenocortical insufficiency.