von Willebrand disease

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noun von Wil·le·brand disease \vän-ˈvi-lə-ˌbränt-\
variants: or less commonly

von Willebrand's disease

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Definition of von Willebrand disease

  1. :  a genetic blood disorder marked by prolonged, excessive, or abnormal bleeding that commonly results in recurrent nosebleeds, heavy menstrual flow, and bleeding from the gums, is caused by deficient or defective von Willebrand factor, and typically occurs in a mild form that is less serious than hemophilia Von Willebrand disease is inherited chiefly as an autosomal dominant trait in which only one parent must pass on a copy of the defective gene on a chromosome other than a sex chromosome.

Origin and Etymology of von willebrand disease

after Erik Adolf von Willebrand †1949 Finnish physician


First Known Use: 1941


Medical Dictionary

von Willebrand disease

noun von Wil·le·brand disease \-ˌbränt-\
variants: also

von Willebrand's disease

Medical Definition of von Willebrand disease

  1. :  a genetic blood disorder marked by prolonged, excessive, or abnormal bleeding that commonly results in recurrent nosebleeds, heavy menstrual flow, and bleeding from the gums, is caused by deficient or defective von Willebrand factor, and typically occurs in a mild form that is less serious than hemophilia Von Willebrand disease is inherited chiefly as an autosomal dominant trait in which only one parent must pass on a copy of the defective gene on a chromosome other than a sex chromosome.


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