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pickwickian syndrome

 

Definition: a combination of severe, grotesque obesity, somnolence, and general debility, theoretically resulting from hypoventilation induced by the obesity; hypercapnia, pulmonary hypertension, and cor pulmonale can result.

[after the “fat boy” character in Dickens' early novel The Pickwick Papers]

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