1In the genitive, attributive, and with of, especially in "Zenker's degeneration". Designating a type of degeneration affecting skeletal and cardiac muscle, in which fibres lose their striations and appear uniformly eosinophilic.
Such degeneration was originally described in cases of typhoid fever, but also occurs in other infectious diseases and as a result of nutritional deficiency, toxin ingestion, etc.
2In the genitive and attributive. Designating a type of diverticulum occurring at the junction of the pharynx and the oesophagus (pharyngo-oesophageal diverticulum).
This type of diverticulum has also been called pulsion diverticulum, although pressure within the oesophagus is probably only one factor in its development.
Late 19th century. From the name of Friedrich Albert von Zenker, German pathologist.
In the genitive and attributive. Designating a fixative containing mercury(ii) chloride and potasium dichromate, used to prepare samples for microscopy. Especially in "Zenker's fluid", "Zenker's fixative".
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Royal Microscopical Society. From the name of Konrad Zenker, German histologist, who described the fixative in 1894.