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Plummer-Vinson syndrome

noun Plum·mer-Vin·son syndrome \ ˈpləm-ər-ˈvin(t)-sən- \

medical Definition of Plummer-Vinson syndrome

: a condition that is marked especially by the growth of a mucous membrane across the esophageal lumen, by difficulty in swallowing, and by hypochromic anemia and that is usually considered to be due to an iron deficiency

Biographical Note for plummer-vinson syndrome

  • Vinson, Porter Paisley (1890–1959), American surgeon. Vinson's primary area of research centered on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the esophagus. He published major works on the subject in 1940 and 1947. In 1919 he published his own report on the syndrome that had been discussed by Plummer in 1912. The syndrome is now known as the Plummer-Vinson syndrome in honor of both men.

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