Definition of Waterhouse–Friderichsen syndrome in English:

Waterhouse–Friderichsen syndrome

noun

Medicine
  • Fulminating meningococcal (or, rarely, other bacterial) septicaemia with purpuric rash, haemorrhage into the adrenal glands, and shock, occurring mainly in children and rapidly fatal if untreated.

Origin

1930s; earliest use found in Acta Paediatrica Scandinavica. From the names of Rupert Waterhouse, English physician, and Carl Friderichsen, Danish physician, who both described cases of the disease (in 1911 and 1918, respectively) + syndrome, after German Syndrom von Waterhouse-Friderichsen.

Pronunciation

Waterhouse–Friderichsen syndrome

/ˌwɔːtəhaʊs ˈfriːdərɪksən ˌsɪndrəʊm/