n : a vascular disorder that is marked by recurrent spasm of the capillaries and esp. those of the fingers and toes upon exposure to cold, that is characterized by pallor, cyanosis, and redness in succession usu. accompanied by pain, and that in severe cases progresses to local gangrene
Raynaud, Maurice (1834-1881), French physician. Raynaud described the vascular disorder now known as Raynaud's disease in his thesis for a medical degree in 1862. In 1874 he published a revised version of the dissertation with additional case reports and experimental studies. He was also very much interested in the history of medicine and wrote a scholarly study of the medical profession in the time of Molière.
Similar sounding terms: runt disease
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