Bright's disease

noun Pathology.

a disease characterized by albuminuria and heightened blood pressure.

Origin of Bright's disease

First recorded in 1825–35; named after R. Bright Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bright's disease

Bright's disease


chronic inflammation of the kidneys; chronic nephritis

Word Origin for Bright's disease

C19: named after Richard Bright (1789–1858), British physician
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Word Origin and History for bright's disease

Bright's disease

"chronic nephritis," 1831, so called for English physician Richard Bright (1789-1858), who in 1827 first described it.

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bright's disease in Medicine

Bright's disease



Any of several diseases of the kidney marked especially by edema and the presence of albumin in the urine.
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