Definition of progeria in English:



mass nounMedicine
  • A rare syndrome in children characterized by physical symptoms suggestive of premature old age.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said about one patient with progeria is born each year in the United States.’
    • ‘It is impossible to predict how soon our findings will translate into treatments for children suffering from progeria.’
    • ‘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.’


Early 20th century: modern Latin, from Greek progērōs ‘prematurely old’.