Wilson's disease

noun

Wil·​son's disease ˈwil-sənz- How to pronounce Wilson's disease (audio)
: a hereditary disease that is characterized by excessive accumulation of copper in the body (as in the liver or brain) due to abnormal copper metabolism, is determined by an autosomal recessive gene, and is marked especially by liver dysfunction and neurologic disease

Examples of Wilson's disease in a Sentence

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Word History

Etymology

Samuel A. K. Wilson †1937 English neurologist

First Known Use

circa 1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Wilson's disease was circa 1915

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Medical Definition

Wilson's disease

noun
Wil·​son's disease ˈwil-sənz- How to pronounce Wilson's disease (audio)
: a genetic disease that is characterized by the accumulation of copper in the body (as in the liver, brain, or cornea) due to abnormal copper metabolism associated with ceruloplasmin deficiency, that is inherited as an autosomal recessive gene, and that is marked especially by liver dysfunction and disease and neurologic or psychiatric symptoms (as tremors, slowness of speech, inappropriate behaviors, or personality changes)

called also hepatolenticular degeneration

see kayser-fleischer ring

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