Definition of Patau's syndrome in US English:

Patau's syndrome


  • A congenital disorder in which there are three copies of chromosome 13, 14, or 15 instead of the usual two. This results in brain, heart, and kidney defects which are usually fatal soon after birth.

    • ‘In a case where a fetus is diagnosed with Patau's Syndrome, do both parents have to have the genetic gene?’
    • ‘Patau's Syndrome can be overwhelming for most parents in the early stages of this diagnosis.’


1960s: named after Klaus Patau, 20th-century German physician.


Patau's syndrome

/päˈtouz ˌsindrōm/