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1Attributive and in the genitive. Designating a familial (autosomal dominant) form of lymphoedema, typically developing around the time of puberty and affecting the legs. Especially in "Meige disease".
2Attributive and in the genitive. Designating a neurological disorder characterized by blepharospasm and oromandibular dystonia (spasmodic contraction of the muscles of the eyelids, mouth, tongue, and jaw), typically beginning in or beyond middle age. Especially in "Meige's syndrome".
1950s; earliest use found in Acta Medica Scandinavica. From the name of Henri Meige, French neurologist, who described the two disorders.
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