Sjögren's syndrome


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Sjö·gren's syndrome

 (shō′grənz, shœ′-) also Sjögren syndrome (-grĕn)
n.
A chronic autoimmune disease occurring mostly in older women, characterized by keratoconjunctivitis, dryness of mucous membranes, joint pain, fatigue, and enlargement of the parotid glands. It is often associated with rheumatoid arthritis, Raynaud's phenomenon, and dental caries.

[After Henrik Samuel Conrad Sjögren (1899-1986), Swedish ophthalmologist.]
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