- a rare congenital abnormality characterized by premature and rapid aging, the affected individual appearing in childhood as an aged person and having a shortened life span.
Origin of progeria
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- med premature old age, a rare condition occurring in children and characterized by small stature, absent or greying hair, wrinkled skin, and other signs of old age
C20: from pro- ² + Greek gēras old age
Word Origin and History for progeria
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- A rare congenital childhood disorder marked by gross retardation of growth after the first year and by rapid onset of the physical changes typical of old age, usually resulting in death before age 20.Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome premature-senility syndrome