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[mass noun] A rare syndrome in children characterized by physical symptoms suggestive of premature old age.
- ‘Lerner and his colleagues studied genes in actively dividing cells from young, middle-aged and old patients, and those with progeria, another rare genetic disorder characterized by accelerated aging.’
- ‘Hutchinson-Gilford progeria was discovered in 1886 by Jonathan Hutchinson.’
- ‘In the past few months, scientists have discovered genes connected to such devastating disorders as progeria (the rapid aging syndrome) and Lou Gehrig's Disease.’
- ‘It is impossible to predict how soon our findings will translate into treatments for children suffering from progeria.’
- ‘He said about one patient with progeria is born each year in the United States.’
Early 20th century: modern Latin, from Greek progērōs prematurely old.
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