Definition of von Recklinghausen's disease in US English:

von Recklinghausen's disease


  • 1A hereditary disease in which numerous benign tumors develop in various parts of the body, especially the skin and the fibrous sheaths of the nerves. It is a form of neurofibromatosis.

    • ‘Neurofibromatosis, or von Recklinghausen's disease, is a relatively common autosomal dominant genetic disorder in which affected individuals develop benign and malignant tumors at an increased frequency.’
  • 2A disease in which the bones are weakened as a result of excessive secretion of the parathyroid hormone, leading to bowing and fracture of long bones and sometimes deformities of the chest and spine.


Early 20th century: named after Friedrich von Recklinghausen (1833–1910), German pathologist.


von Recklinghausen's disease

/vän ˈrekliNGˌhouzənz dəˌzēz/