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Paget's disease

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noun Pag·et's disease \ˈpa-jəts-\

Definition of Paget's disease

  1. 1 :  a rare form of breast cancer initially manifested as a scaly red rash on the nipple and areola

  2. 2 :  a chronic disease in which the bones become enlarged, weak, and deformed



Origin and Etymology of paget's disease

Sir James Paget †1899 English surgeon


First Known Use: 1880


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Paget's disease

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noun Pag·et's disease \ˌpaj-əts-\

Medical Definition of Paget's disease

  1. 1:  a rare form of breast cancer initially manifested as a scaly red rash on the nipple and areola

  2. 2 or Paget's disease of bone :  a chronic disease that is characterized by one or more enlarged, weak bones (such as of the pelvis, spine, or skull) and may be marked by bone pain but is often asymptomatic Paget's disease is caused by a high level of bone resorption by osteoclasts followed by rapid formation of structurally unsound bone by osteoblasts. Bowing of the long bones, deformation of the flat bones, and abnormal fractures occur in the weakened bone. —called also osteitis deformans, osteodystrophia deformans




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