Myxoedema Myx`[oe]*de"ma, n. [NL. fr. Gr. ? mucus + [oe]dema.] (Med.) A disease producing a peculiar cretinoid appearance of the face, slow speech, and dullness of intellect, and due to failure of the functions of the thyroid gland. [Also spelled {myxedema}.]-- {Myx`[oe]*dem"a*tous}, a., {Myx`[oe]*dem"ic}, a. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • myxoedema — myxoedema, myxoedematous chiefly Brit var of MYXEDEMA, MYXEDEMATOUS * * * n. 1. a dry firm waxy swelling of the skin and subcutaneous tissues found in patients with underactive thyroid glands (see hypothyroidism). 2. the clinical syndrome due to… …   Medical dictionary

  • myxoedema — myxedema myxedema n. (Med.) A pathological condition due to severe hyperthyroidism, marked by dry skin and swellings around lips and nose as well as mental and physical deterioration. [Also spelled {myx[oe]dema}.] [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • myxoedema — Severe hypothyroidism usually as a result of autoimmunity to thyroglobulin. A variety of severe physiological problems accompany the reduction in thyroid function …   Dictionary of molecular biology

  • myxoedema — mɪksÉ™ dɪːmÉ™ n. (Pathology) skin disease associated with hypothyroidism (results in swelling and dryness of the skin especially around the nose and lips, dulling of the senses and difficulty in speech) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • myxoedema — [ˌmɪksɪ di:mə] (US myxedema) noun Medicine a condition caused by hypothyroidism, marked by swelling of the skin and underlying tissues …   English new terms dictionary

  • myxoedema — n. 1) a dry firm waxy swelling of the skin and subcutaneous tissues found in patients with underactive thyroid glands (see hypothyroidism). 2) the clinical syndrome due to hypothyroidism in adult life, including coarsening of the skin,… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • myxoedema — /mɪksəˈdimə/ (say miksuh deemuh) noun a disease characterised by thickening of the skin, blunting of the senses and intellect, laboured speech, etc., associated with diminished functional activity of the thyroid gland. Also, US, myxedema. {New… …   Australian English dictionary

  • myxoedema —   n. skin disease, marked by swelling and dryness, due to insufficient thyroid secretion.    ♦ myxoedemic,    ♦ myxoedematoid,    ♦ myxoedematous, a …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • myxoedema — n. (US myxedema) a syndrome caused by hypothyroidism, resulting in thickening of the skin, weight gain, mental dullness, loss of energy, and sensitivity to cold …   Useful english dictionary

  • myxoedema coma — a life threatening condition due to severe hypothyroidism, which is often precipitated by an acute event, such as surgery, prolonged exposure to cold, infection, trauma, other severe illness, or sedative drugs. It manifests as hypothermia,… …   Medical dictionary

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