[ proh-jeer-ee-uh ]
/ proʊˈdʒɪər i ə /

noun Pathology.

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.

Nearby words

  1. progastrin,
  2. progenitive,
  3. progenitor,
  4. progenitor cell,
  5. progeny,
  6. progeroid,
  7. progestational,
  8. progesterone,
  9. progestin,
  10. progestogen

Origin of progeria

1900–05; < New Latin < Greek progḗr(ōs) prematurely old (pro- pro-2 + gêr(as) old age + -ōs adj. suffix) + New Latin -ia -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for progeria


/ (prəʊˈdʒɪərɪə) /


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

Word Origin for progeria

C20: from pro- ² + Greek gēras old age

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Word Origin and History for progeria



1902, Modern Latin, from Greek progeros "prematurely old;" from pro- (see pro-) + geras "old man" (see geriatric).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for progeria


[ prō-jîrē-ə ]


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

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