Meaning of Addison's disease in English:

Addison's disease

Pronunciation /ˈadɪs(ə)nzdɪziːz/


mass noun
  • A disease characterized by progressive anaemia, low blood pressure, great weakness, and bronze discoloration of the skin. It is caused by inadequate secretion of hormones by the adrenal cortex.

    ‘Patients with hypothyroidism may have other autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, Addison's disease, or pernicious anaemia.’
    • ‘Relative, rather than absolute, leukocytosis occurs in a number of clinical situations, such as infancy, viral infections, connective tissue diseases, thyrotoxicosis and Addison's disease.’
    • ‘In people with Addison's disease, the adrenal cortex is destroyed, leading to a deficiency or absence of the hormones it produces.’
    • ‘Suffering from Addison's disease, diabetes and hepatitis C, Gagnon says the pot helps her eat and sleep regularly.’
    • ‘Systemic symptoms may indicate the presence of hyperthyroidism, Addison's disease, or diabetes-related disorders.’
    • ‘It may be a tonic for treating hypoglycemia and Addison's disease and in purifying the liver and bloodstream.’
    • ‘It is also prescribed as a replacement hormone in Addison's disease, and for people whose adrenal glands have been removed.’
    • ‘They also treat life-threatening conditions such as Addison's disease, in which the adrenal glands don't produce enough steroids, and help prevent organ rejection in transplant recipients.’
    • ‘Hyperthyroidism causes a pattern of hyperpigmentation similar to that in Addison's disease, especially in patients with darker complexions.’
    • ‘Licorice has also been found to be effective in the management of Addison's disease or adrenal failure.’
    • ‘The cause of death was Addison's disease, (adrenal insufficiency) extremely rare in children and virtually unheard of in children under 10 years old.’
    • ‘He was diagnosed as having Addison's disease 40 years ago, when blood tests were more expensive and less frequently used for general screening than they are now.’
    • ‘For example, in the case of Addison's disease, lack of cortisol causes an increase of pigment in the skin, making the patient appear to have a tan.’
    • ‘He is, however, most famous for introducing the first effective treatment for Addison's disease.’
    • ‘Apart from this and Addison's disease, which seemed to be well controlled with a packet of salt a day, he was a well man.’
    • ‘I was very fortunate to be in the care of the doctor who diagnosed Addison's disease when he came to visit me at home.’
    • ‘For many years, licorice has been known to relieve the symptoms of Addison's disease, but only recently have researchers begun to study and understand its interaction in the human body.’
    • ‘He had Addison's disease, a failure of the adrenal glands, and needed daily cortisone shots and dangerous steroids in order to combat it.’
    • ‘Though a master of prose and observation, Austen did not receive much acclaim by the time she died of Addison's disease in 1817.’
    • ‘Addison's disease affects one in 200,000 women, and causes hormonal problems that can result in weight loss, muscle weakness, fatigue and low blood pressure.’


Mid 19th century named after Thomas Addison (1793–1860), the English physician who described the disease.