Addison's Disease Definition

A disease caused by failure of the adrenal glands: it is characterized by anemia, weakness, low blood pressure, and brownish discoloration of the skin.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage Medicine

(pathology) A disorder in which the adrenal glands fail to produce a sufficient quantity of steroids, causing a brownish discoloration of the skin.


Origin of Addison's Disease

  • Named from Thomas Addison (1793-1860), M. D., of London, who first described it.

    From Wiktionary

  • After Thomas Addison (1793–1860), British physician

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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