Cockayne's syndrome

[ kŏ-kānz ]

n.

A hereditary syndrome characterized by dwarfism, a precociously senile appearance, pigmentary degeneration of the retina, optic atrophy, deafness, sensitivity to sunlight, and mental retardation.

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