- Wildervanck syndrome
A syndrome characterized by the combination of congenital deafness, Duane syndrome (eye retraction), and fusion of the neck vertebrae (Klippel-Feil anomaly). Wildervanck syndrome is limited, or almost completely limited, to females. The syndrome is probably due to polygenic inheritance with limitation to females and lethality for males.
- Wilkins, Lawson
American physician (1894-1963) who founded pediatric endocrinology. At Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, Dr Wilkins started a clinic devoted to pediatric endocrinology and focused particularly on problems of growth and genetics.
- Will, living
An advance medical directive that specifies what types of medical treatment are desired. A living will can be very specific or very general. The most common statement in a living will requests that if the patient suffers an incurable, irreversible illness
- Williams syndrome
A genetic disorder characterized by mild mental retardation, unique personality characteristics, unusual facial features, and cardiovascular disease. The level of calcium tends to be high in blood (hypercalcemia) and urine (hypercalciuria). Mental retardation is the rule and ranges from severe to mild. Personality features include overfriendliness, general anxiety, and attention deficit disorder. Facial features include […]
- Willis, circle of
A critical arterial circle at the base of the brain. The circle of Willis receives all the blood that is pumped up the two internal carotid arteries that come up the front of the neck. All the principal arteries that supply the two halves of the brain (hemispheres) branch off from the circle of Willis.