addison disease

Addison's disease

noun Pathology.
a disease characterized by asthenia, low blood pressure, and a brownish coloration of the skin, due to decreased secretion of cortisol from the adrenal cortex, resulting in hypoadrenalism.

Origin:
1855–60; named after T. Addison, who described it

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Addison's disease (ˈædɪsənz)
 
n
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]

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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.

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