Marfan syndrome

noun

Mar·​fan syndrome ˈmär-ˌfan- How to pronounce Marfan syndrome (audio)
variants or Marfan's syndrome
: a disorder of connective tissue that is inherited as a dominant trait and is characterized by abnormal elongation of the long bones and often by ocular and circulatory defects

Examples of Marfan syndrome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bill had suffered his whole life with Marfan syndrome. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, 30 June 2023 Connective tissue disorders like Marfan syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, as well as having a family history of aortic aneurysms, could increase the chances of a person having one. Melissa Montoya, Peoplemag, 14 Dec. 2022 People who are known to have a risk factor like Marfan syndrome or Ehlers-Danlos do often get routine imaging done to see if underlying problems like aneurysms are present. Dr. Jade Cobern, ABC News, 14 Dec. 2022 Doctors are now exploring whether Mr. Wahl had Marfan syndrome, a risk factor for this type of aneurysm. Andrew Das, New York Times, 14 Dec. 2022 Beta blockers are most commonly used for that, based on studies in people with genetic risk for TAA, such as Marfan syndrome. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 9 Aug. 2022 He was also notified at the NBA combine, where top draft prospects are exhaustively examined and assessed, that his DNA would be tested for Marfan syndrome. NBC News, 19 Nov. 2021 Scholars have speculated that Lincoln had Marfan syndrome or multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2B, disorders marked by tall frames and lanky limbs. Natalie Hamilton, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Mar. 2021 As a youngster, she was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a super-rare genetic disorder that affects the body's connective tissue. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, 10 Dec. 2020

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Word History

Etymology

Antonin Bernard Jean Marfan †1942 French pediatrician

First Known Use

circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Marfan syndrome was circa 1923

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“Marfan syndrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Marfan%20syndrome. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

Marfan syndrome

noun
Mar·​fan syndrome ˈmär-ˌfan- How to pronounce Marfan syndrome (audio)
variants or Marfan's syndrome
: a disorder of connective tissue that is inherited as a simple dominant trait, is caused by a defect in the gene controlling the production of fibrillin, and is characterized by abnormal elongation of the long bones and often by ocular and circulatory defects

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