addison's disease

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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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