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Medical Term:

pseudoxanthoma elasticum

Pronunciation: su'do-zan-tho'ma e-las'ti-kum

Definition: An inherited disorder of connective tissue characterized by slightly elevated yellowish plaques on the neck, axillae, abdomen, and thighs, developing in the second or third decade, associated with angioid streaks of the retina and similar elastic tissue degeneration and calcification in arteries; autosomal dominant and autosomal recessive types have been described, with much milder systemic complications in the latter.

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