US Down syndrome
- pathol a condition caused by the presence of an extra copy of chromosome 21 resulting in learning difficulties and physical differences, such as shorter statureFormer name: offensive mongolism Technical name: trisomy 21
- (as modifier)a Down's syndrome baby
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Word Origin for Down's syndrome
C19: after John Langdon-Down (1828–96), English physician
usage for Down's syndrome
Although the condition was once generally known as mongolism, this term has been considered offensive since the early 1960s. The terms Down's syndrome or (US) Down syndrom are now preferred.
Words nearby Down's syndrome
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Cultural definitions for Down's syndrome
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