Prader-Willi syndrome


Pra·der–Wil·li syndrome

noun \ˈprä-dər-ˈvi-lē-\

Definition of PRADER-WILLI SYNDROME

:  a genetic disorder characterized especially by short stature, mental retardation, hypotonia, functionally deficient gonads, and uncontrolled appetite leading to extreme obesity

Origin of PRADER-WILLI SYNDROME

Andrea Prader b1919 and Heinrich Willi †1971 Swiss pediatricians
First Known Use: 1964

Pra·der–Wil·li syndrome

noun \ˈprä-dər-ˈvil-ē-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PRADER–WILLI SYNDROME

: a genetic disorder characterized by short stature, mental retardation, hypotonia, abnormally small hands and feet, hypogonadism, and uncontrolled appetite leading to extreme obesity

Biographical Note for PRADER–WILLI SYNDROME

Prader, Andrea (1919–2001), and Willi, Heinrich (1900–1971), Swiss pediatricians. Prader was a professor of pediatrics in Zurich. Her articles and chapters in textbooks dealt with such topics as genetics, growth, endocrinology, and metabolism in children and adolescents. Prader and Willi first described the Prader-Willi syndrome in 1956. Cases of the disorder were not diagnosed in the United States until the 1960s.

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