|Graves' disease (ɡreɪvz)|
|another name for exophthalmic goitre|
|[C19: named after R. J. Graves (1796--1853), Irish physician]|
Graves' disease (grāvz)
A condition usually caused by excessive thyroid hormone and characterized by an enlarged thyroid gland, protrusion of eyeballs, a rapid heartbeat, and nervous excitability. Also called Basedow's disease, Parry's disease.
|Graves' disease (grāvz) Pronunciation Key
An autoimmune disease of the thyroid gland characterized by excessive production of thyroid hormone, goiter, protrusion of the eyeballs (exophthalmos), and symptoms of hyperthyroidism, such as rapid heartbeat and weight loss. The disease is named after its discoverer, Irish physician Robert James Graves (1796-1853).