von Willebrand disease

noun
von Wil·​le·​brand disease | \ vän-ˈvi-lə-ˌbränt- How to pronounce von Willebrand disease (audio) \
variants: or less commonly von Willebrand's disease \ vän-​ˈvi-​lə-​ˌbränts-​ How to pronounce von Willebrand disease (audio) \

Definition of von Willebrand disease

: 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

Note: 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.

First Known Use of von Willebrand disease

1941, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for von Willebrand disease

after Erik Adolf von Willebrand †1949 Finnish physician

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“Von Willebrand disease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/von%20Willebrand%20disease. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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von Willebrand disease

noun
von Wil·​le·​brand disease | \ -ˌbränt- \
variants: also von Willebrand's disease

Medical Definition of von Willebrand disease

: 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

Note: 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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