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Medical Term:

Graves disease

Pronunciation: gravz

Definition:

  1. toxic goiter characterized by diffuse hyperplasia of the thyroid gland, a form of hyperthyroidism; exophthalmos is a common, but not invariable, concomitant finding;
  2. thyroid dysfunction and all or any of its clinical associations;
  3. an organ-specific autoimmune disease of the thyroid gland.

See: thyrotoxicosis, Hashimoto thyroiditis, goiter, myxedema

Synonym(s): Basedow disease, ophthalmic hyperthyroidism, Parry disease

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