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[proh-jeer-ee-uh] /proʊˈdʒɪər i ə/
noun, Pathology.
a rare congenital abnormality characterized by premature and rapid aging, the affected individual appearing in childhood as an aged person and having a shortened life span.
Origin of progeria
1900-05; < New Latin < Greek progḗr(ōs) prematurely old (pro- pro-2 + gêr(as) old age + -ōs adj. suffix) + New Latin -ia -ia Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for progeria


(med) premature old age, a rare condition occurring in children and characterized by small stature, absent or greying hair, wrinkled skin, and other signs of old age
Word Origin
C20: from pro-² + Greek gēras old age
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Word Origin and History for progeria

1902, Modern Latin, from Greek progeros "prematurely old;" from pro- (see pro-) + geras "old man" (see geriatric).

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progeria in Medicine

progeria pro·ge·ri·a (prō-jēr'ē-ə)
A rare congenital childhood disorder marked by gross retardation of growth after the first year and by rapid onset of the physical changes typical of old age, usually resulting in death before age 20. Also called Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome, premature-senility syndrome.

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