Definition of Cushing's syndrome

1. Noun. A glandular disorder caused by excessive cortisol.




Definition of Cushing's syndrome

1. Noun. (medicine) hyperadrenocorticism Hyperadrenocorticism or hypercorticism, an endocrine disorder caused by high levels of cortisol in the blood. ¹

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Medical Definition of Cushing's syndrome

1. An increased concentration of glucocorticoid hormone (ACTH) in the bloodstream that is being produced by an adrenal gland tumour (adenoma). Ectopic Cushing syndrome refers to the production of ACTH in a location other than the pituitary gland or adrenal gland. Examples of ectopic sites include thymoma, medullary carcinoma of the thyroid, pheochromocytoma, islet cell tumours of the pancreas and oat cell carcinoma of the lung. Symptoms include weight gain, central obesity, moon face, weakness, fatigue, backache, headache, increased thirst, increased urination, impotence, mental status changes and muscle atrophy. Treatment varies with cause. If an ACTH secreting tumour is involved then it must be removed surgically. (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cushing's Syndrome

Curt
Curtis
Curtisia
Curtiss
Curupira
Curvularia
Cusco
Cuscuta
Cuscuta gronovii
Cush
Cushing
Cushing's basophilism
Cushing's disease
Cushing's pituitary basophilism
Cushing's suture
Cushing's syndrome
Cushing's syndrome medicamentosus
Cushing effect
Cushing phenomenon
Cushing response
Cushite
Cushitic
Custer
Custer's Last Stand
Customs Bureau
Customs Service
Cuterebra
Cuterebridae
Cuthbert
Cuthbertson

Literary usage of Cushing's syndrome

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1. Alcohol and Health: Seventh Special Report to the Us Congress by Louis Sullivan (1997)
"Elevated plasma cortisol levels have been found in alcohol-dependent individuals, and some have pseudo-Cushing' s syndrome—in which corticosteroids are ..."

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