Definition of Graves' disease in English:

Graves' disease


  • A swelling of the neck and protrusion of the eyes resulting from an overactive thyroid gland.

    ‘Occasionally, patients with autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto's thyroiditis and Graves' disease also have HAIR-AN syndrome.’
    • ‘I'm 68 and have rheumatoid arthritis (in remission), osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and Graves' disease.’
    • ‘Subclinical hyperthyroidism may be a distinct clinical entity, related only in part to Graves' disease or multinodular goiter.’
    • ‘The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is Graves' disease.’
    • ‘Six months later there was a diagnosis: an overactive thyroid caused by Graves' disease.’


Graves' disease

/ˈɡrāvz dəˌzēz/ /ˈɡreɪvz dəˌziz/


Mid 19th century named after Robert J. Graves (1796–1853), the Irish physician who first identified it.