Wilson's disease

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Wil·​son's disease | \ ˈwil-sənz- How to pronounce Wilson's disease (audio) \

Definition of Wilson's disease

: 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

First Known Use of Wilson's disease

circa 1915, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Wilson's disease

Samuel A. K. Wilson †1937 English neurologist

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

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“Wilson's disease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Wilson%27s%20disease. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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Wilson's disease

noun
Wil·​son's disease | \ ˈwil-sənz- How to pronounce Wilson's disease (audio) \

Medical Definition of Wilson's disease

: 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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