Pickwickian syndrome

or Pickwick syndrome

noun Pathology.

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

pickwickian syndrome

[ pĭk-wĭkē-ən ]


A syndrome characterized by extreme obesity, hypoventilation, and general debility.
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