One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A hereditary (autosomal dominant) form of lymphoedema, in which oedema, particularly involving the lower limbs, is present from birth.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in William Osler (1849–1919), physician. From the genitive of the name of William Forsyth Milroy, U.S. physician, who described the disease in 1892 ( N.Y. Med. Jrnl 56 505) + disease.
Milroy's disease/ˈmɪlrɔɪz dɪˌziːz/
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