Pickwickian syndrome

or Pickwick syndrome

noun Pathology.
  1. 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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pickwickian syndrome in Medicine

pickwickian syndrome

[pĭk-wĭkē-ən]
n.
  1. A syndrome characterized by extreme obesity, hypoventilation, and general debility.
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