Definition of Werner's syndrome in US English:

Werner's syndrome


  • A rare hereditary syndrome causing rapid premature aging, susceptibility to cancer, and other disorders.

    • ‘Cells taken from patients with Werner's syndrome, who show an acceleration of many features of normal aging, make significantly fewer divisions in culture than normal cells.’
    • ‘Dr Faragher and his colleagues have been searching for clues in people with Werner's syndrome, a disease in which ageing is speeded up by a faulty gene, causing sufferers to die in their forties with the bodies of centenarians.’


1930s: named after Carl O. Werner (1879–1936), German physician.


Werner's syndrome

/ˈwərnərz ˌsindrōm/