One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A disease characterized by spasm of the arteries in the extremities, especially the fingers (Raynaud's phenomenon). It is typically brought on by constant cold or vibration, and leads to pallor, pain, numbness, and in severe cases, gangrene.
- ‘Systemic manifestations of SS include rash, Raynaud's phenomenon, fatigue, and nerve and muscle pain.’
- ‘My friend's French cousin had developed a complication of SLE, Raynaud's phenomenon where there is poor finger blood flow.’
- ‘It is associated with pulmonary fibrosis and Raynaud's phenomenon.’
- ‘Ginkgo has been used experimentally to treat diabetics and Raynaud's disease.’
- ‘His hands and feet, victims of Raynaud's disease, grow cold easily and are sometimes numb in the frigid northern winters.’
Late 19th century: named after Maurice Raynaud (1834–81), French physician.
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