progeria

noun
pro·​ge·​ria | \prō-ˈjir-ē-ə \

Definition of progeria 

: a rare genetic disorder of childhood marked by slowed physical growth and characteristic signs (such as baldness, wrinkled skin, and atherosclerosis) of rapid aging with death usually occurring around puberty

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At the Salk Institute for Genetic Expression, in La Jolla, California, scientists tweaked epigenetic markers in live mice with progeria, a disease of premature aging, to revert adult cells back into their embryonic state. Marcia Desanctis, Vogue, "Can the Genes Responsible for Aging Be Altered by a Face Cream? These Skin-Care Companies Say Yes," 21 July 2018 That’s according to small, preliminary study in 27 kids with progeria. Washington Post, "Kids with rare rapid-aging disease get hope from study drug," 24 Apr. 2018 Children with progeria live an average of 14 years. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, "A pediatric researcher whose son died of progeria sees promise in new treatment," 24 Apr. 2018 Among 27 children with progeria who got the drug lonafarnib, one died during the 2007-2010 study. Washington Post, "Kids with rare rapid-aging disease get hope from study drug," 24 Apr. 2018 Among 27 children with progeria who got the drug lonafarnib, one died during the 2007-2010 study. Lindsey Tanner, chicagotribune.com, "Kids with rare rapid-aging disease get hope from study drug," 24 Apr. 2018 Average life expectancy for progeria children is about 14 years. Washington Post, "Kids with rare rapid-aging disease get hope from study drug," 24 Apr. 2018 Average life expectancy for progeria children is about 14 years. Lindsey Tanner, chicagotribune.com, "Kids with rare rapid-aging disease get hope from study drug," 24 Apr. 2018 Gordon had never heard of progeria when Sam, her only child, was diagnosed with it at 22 months. Jonathan Saltzman, BostonGlobe.com, "A pediatric researcher whose son died of progeria sees promise in new treatment," 24 Apr. 2018

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1904, in the meaning defined above

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progeria

noun
pro·​ge·​ria | \prō-ˈjir-ē-ə \

Medical Definition of progeria 

: a rare genetic disorder of childhood marked by slowed physical growth and characteristic signs (as baldness, wrinkled skin, and atherosclerosis) of rapid aging with death usually occurring during puberty

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