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Etymology: Charles Hunter, Canadian physician, 1873-1955; Gk, syn, together, dromos, course
a hereditary defect in mucopolysaccharide metabolism affecting only males, characterized by dwarfism, kyphosis, gargoylism, and mental retardation. It is transmitted as an X-linked recessive trait. Females who carry the gene can be identified by biochemical tests. Also called MPS II, X-linked mucopolysaccharidosis. See also mucopolysaccharidosis.