from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A disease caused by partial or total failure of adrenocortical function, which is characterized by a darkening of the skin and mucous membranes, anemia, weakness, and low blood pressure.
from The Century Dictionary.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- (Med.) 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.
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- noun pathology a disorder in which the
adrenal glandsfail to produce a sufficient quantity of steroids, causing a brownish discolorationof the skin.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a glandular disorder caused by failure of function of the cortex of the adrenal gland and marked by anemia and prostration with brownish skin
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[After Thomas Addison, (1793–1860), British physician.]
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Named from Thomas Addison (1793-1860), M. D., of London, who first described it.
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