from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A disease caused by partial or total failure of adrenocortical function, which is characterized by a bronzelike pigmentation of the skin and mucous membranes, anemia, weakness, and low blood pressure.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a disorder in which the adrenal glands fail to produce a sufficient quantity of steroids, causing a brownish discoloration of the skin.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A morbid condition causing a peculiar brownish discoloration of the skin, and thought, at one time, to be due to disease of the suprarenal capsules (two flat triangular bodies covering the upper part of the kidneys), but now known not to be dependent upon this causes exclusively. It is usually fatal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See disease.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a glandular disorder caused by failure of function of the cortex of the adrenal gland and marked by anemia and prostration with brownish skin
Chronic nephritis, as well as acute diabetes and Addison's disease are thought by Ziehen to produce certain chronic forms of mental defect which he terms autotoxic dementia, but he regards most of these cases as really cases of arteriosclerotic dementia.