Meaning of Simmonds' disease in English:

Simmonds' disease

Pronunciation /ˈsɪmən(d)z dɪˌziːz/


(also Simmond's disease)
historical Medicine
  • A disorder resulting from severe damage to the pituitary gland, resulting in progressive dysfunction or failure of the gonads, adrenal glands, and thyroid gland, with weakness and loss of weight and body hair.

    An acute form of this disorder, typically occurring in women who have experienced haemorrhage during or after childbirth, was later called Sheehan's syndrome.


1920s. In some forms from the genitive of the name of Morris Simmonds, German pathologist, who described the disease in 1914 + disease, after German Simmondssche Krankheit.