or Pickwick syndrome
an abnormality characterized by extreme obesity accompanied by sleepiness, hypoventilation, and polycythemia.
Origin of Pickwickian syndrome
First recorded in 1955–60; named for Joe, a character in Dickens' The Pickwick Papers who exhibited symptoms of the disorder
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Medicine definitions for pickwickian syndrome
[ pĭk-wĭk′ē-ən ]
A syndrome characterized by extreme obesity, hypoventilation, and general debility.
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