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Pickwickian syndrome

or Pickwick syndrome

noun, Pathology
an abnormality characterized by extreme obesity accompanied by sleepiness, hypoventilation, and polycythemia.
Origin of Pickwickian syndrome
1955-60; named for Joe, a character in Dickens' The Pickwick Papers who exhibited symptoms of the disorder Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Pickwickian syndrome in Medicine

pickwickian syndrome pick·wick·i·an syndrome (pĭk-wĭk'ē-ən)
A syndrome characterized by extreme obesity, hypoventilation, and general debility.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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