One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A syndrome characterized chiefly by iron-deficiency anaemia, difficulty in swallowing, and oesophageal webs, seen chiefly in older women and associated with an increased risk of carcinoma of the upper gastrointestinal tract.
1920s. From the name of H. S. Plummer, U.S. physician + the name of P. P. Vinson, U.S. surgeon + syndrome.
Plummer–Vinson syndrome/ˌplʌməˈvɪns(ə)n ˌsɪndrəʊm/
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