from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several diseases of the kidney marked by the presence of albumin in the urine.
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- n. Any of several diseases of the kidney characterized by inflammation, and the presence of albumin in the urine; nephritis.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- An affection of the kidneys, usually inflammatory in character, and distinguished by the occurrence of albumin and renal casts in the urine. Several varieties of Bright's disease are now recognized, differing in the part of the kidney involved, and in the intensity and course of the morbid process.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an inflammation of the kidney
Ballet enumerates a number of works upon so-called folie brightique which tend to prove that acute or chronic Bright's disease gives rise either to melancholic disorder or alternately to maniacal and melancholic disorder.
A brief mention of renal disease in the general etiology of mental disease is made by Ballet. 12 Ballet states that Griesinger's opinion that renal disease had little importance in the etiology of mental disease and that no one would count the cerebral symptoms of Bright's disease as mental is no longer held.
Ballet holds that all the various psychopathic disorders resulting from Bright's disease are autotoxic.