progeria


pro·ge·ria

noun \prō-ˈjir-ē-ə\

Definition of PROGERIA

:  a rare genetic disorder of childhood marked by slowed physical growth and characteristic signs (as baldness, wrinkled skin, and atherosclerosis) of rapid aging with death usually occurring around puberty

First Known Use of PROGERIA

1904

pro·ge·ria

noun \prō-ˈjir-ē-ə\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PROGERIA

: a rare genetic disorder of childhood marked by slowed physical growth and characteristic signs (as baldness, wrinkled skin, and atherosclerosis) of rapid aging with death usually occurring during puberty

progeria

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Disorder with characteristics of premature aging. Affected persons have thin skin, go bald or gray early, and develop diseases of aging decades earlier than normal individuals. Not all systems are affected; there is no senility, no aging in the central nervous system. There are two major types. In the extremely rare Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome, children look 60 years old by age 10 and die at an average age of 13. The unrelated Werner syndrome is a recessive hereditary disease that begins in young adulthood and makes patients look 30 years older than they are; their average life span is 47 years.

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