Definition of Williams syndrome
: a rare genetic disorder marked especially by hypercalcemia of infants, heart defects, characteristic facial abnormalities, and mild to moderate mental retardation but a high verbal aptitude
Origin of williams syndrome
J. C. P. Williams b1922 New Zealand physician
First Known Use: 1981
Medical Definition of Williams syndrome
: a rare genetic disorder characterized especially by hypercalcemia of infants, heart defects (as supravalvular aortic stenosis), characteristic facial features (as an upturned nose, long philtrum, wide mouth, full lips, and pointed chin), a sociable personality, and mild to moderate mental retardation but a high verbal aptitude
Biographical Note for williams syndrome
Williams, J. C. P. (flourished 1961), New Zealand cardiologist. Williams was the principal author on a 1961 article on supravalvular aortic stenosis, with B. G. Barratt-Boyes and J. B. Lowe listed as secondary authors.Beuren, Alois J. (1919–1984), German cardiologist. In 1962, a year after Williams, Beuren also published an article in the journal Circulation describing the same syndrome as it appeared in European patients.
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