polycystic kidney disease

noun

Definition of polycystic kidney disease

:either of two hereditary diseases characterized by gradually enlarging bilateral cysts of the kidney which lead to reduced renal functioning or renal failure

First Known Use of polycystic kidney disease

1948


Medical Dictionary

polycystic kidney disease

noun

medical Definition of polycystic kidney disease

:either of two hereditary diseases characterized by gradually enlarging bilateral cysts of the kidney which lead to reduced renal functioning:
a :a disease that is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait, is usually asymptomatic until middle age, and is marked by side or back pain, hematuria, urinary tract infections, and nephrolithiasis
b :a disease that is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait, usually affects infants or children, and results in renal failure

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