Definition of Wilms' tumor
: a malignant tumor of the kidney that primarily affects children and is made up of embryonic elements
Origin and Etymology of wilms' tumor
Max Wilms †1918 German surgeon
First Known Use: circa 1910
Medical Definition of Wilms' tumor
: a malignant tumor of the kidney that primarily affects children and is made up of embryonic elements—called also nephroblastoma
Biographical Note for wilms' tumor
Max (1867–1918), German surgeon. Wilms held professorships at Basel, Switzerland, and at Leipzig and Heidelberg, Germany. He developed several operations, including resection of the ribs to produce depression of the chest and compression of the lungs (1911) and benign stricture of the common bile duct (1912). He described Wilms' tumor in 1899.
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