Definitions for fragile x syndrome
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
fragile X syndrome(n.)
a widespread form of mental retardation caused by a faulty gene on the X chromosome.
Category: Medicine, Genetics
Origin of fragile X syndrome:
fragile X syndrome(Noun)
A particular, genetic syndrome, caused by the excessive repetition of a particular trinucleotide.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Fragile X Syndrome
A condition characterized genotypically by mutation of the distal end of the long arm of the X chromosome (at gene loci FRAXA or FRAXE) and phenotypically by cognitive impairment, hyperactivity, SEIZURES, language delay, and enlargement of the ears, head, and testes. MENTAL RETARDATION occurs in nearly all males and roughly 50% of females with the full mutation of FRAXA. (From Menkes, Textbook of Child Neurology, 5th ed, p226)
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