a hormonal disorder in which the Graafian follicles in the ovary fail to develop completely so that they are unable to ovulate, remaining as multiple cysts that distend the ovary. The results can include reduced fertility, obesity, and hirsutism PCOS
polycystic ovary syndrome n.
Sclerocystic disease of the ovary, characterized by hirsutism, obesity, menstrual abnormalities, infertility, and enlarged ovaries. Also called Stein-Leventhal syndrome.
/ˌpɒlɪsaɪˈθiːmɪə/ noun 1. an abnormal condition of the blood characterized by an increase in the number of red blood cells. It can occur as a primary disease of unknown cause (polycythaemia vera or erythraemia) or in association with respiratory or circulatory diseases
polycythemia pol·y·cy·the·mi·a (pŏl’ē-sī-thē’mē-ə) n. A condition characterized by an abnormal increase in the number of red blood cells in the blood. Also called erythrocythemia, hypercythemia, hypererythrocythemia, hyperglobulia.
- Polycythemia hypertonica
polycythemia hypertonica polycythemia hy·per·ton·i·ca (hī’pər-tŏn’ĭ-kə) n. Polycythemia associated with hypertension, but without splenomegaly.
- Polycythemia rubra
polycythemia rubra polycythemia ru·bra (rōō’brə) n. See erythremia.