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Definition: 'Progeria'

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progeria

Type: Term

Pronunciation: prō-jē′rē-ă

Definitions:
1. A condition of precocious aging with onset at birth or early childhood; characterized by growth retardation, a senile appearance with dry wrinkled skin, total alopecia, and birdlike facies; early occurrence of atherosclerosis in blood vessels and premature death due to coronary artery disease; genetics unclear.

Synonyms: Hutchinson-Gilford disease, Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome, premature senility syndrome

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