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Down syndrome

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noun Pathology.
a genetic disorder, associated with the presence of an extra chromosome 21, characterized by mild to severe mental impairment, weak muscle tone, shorter stature, and a flattened facial profile.
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Also called trisomy 21 .
See also trisomy.

Origin of Down syndrome

First recorded in 1960–65; after John L. H. Down (1828–96), British physician

usage note for Down syndrome

Down syndrome (or Down's syndrome ) has replaced earlier terms, such as mongolism to refer to the disease and Mongoloid or Mongol to refer to the affected person, all of which are now considered offensive.
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Medical definitions for Down syndrome

Down syndrome
[ doun ]

n.
A congenital disorder, caused by the presence of an extra 21st chromosome, in which the affected person has mild to moderate mental retardation, short stature, and a flattened facial profile.trisomy 21 trisomy 21 syndrome
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Scientific definitions for Down syndrome

Down syndrome
[ doun ]
Down's Syndrome (dounz)

A congenital disorder caused by the presence of an extra 21st chromosome. People with Down syndrome have mild to moderate mental retardation, short stature, and a flattened facial profile. The syndrome is named after its discoverer, British physician John Langdon Haydon Down (1828-1896).
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