• synonyms

Pickwickian syndrome

or Pickwick syndrome

noun Pathology.
  1. an abnormality characterized by extreme obesity accompanied by sleepiness, hypoventilation, and polycythemia.
Show More

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

pickwickian syndrome in Medicine

pickwickian syndrome

  1. A syndrome characterized by extreme obesity, hypoventilation, and general debility.
Show More
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.