Cushing's disease

noun Pathology.

a disease characterized by abnormal accumulations of facial and trunk fat, fatigue, hypertension, and osteoporosis, caused by hyperfunction of the adrenal cortex or administration of adrenal cortical hormones.

Origin of Cushing's disease

1935–40; after H. W. Cushing, who first described it

Also called Cushing's syndrome. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cushing's disease

Cushing's disease

Cushing's syndrome


a rare condition caused by excess corticosteroid hormones in the body, characterized chiefly by obesity of the trunk and face, high blood pressure, fatigue, and loss of calcium from the bones

Word Origin for Cushing's disease

C20: named after Harvey Williams Cushing (1869–1939), US neurosurgeon

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