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von Willebrand's disease[von vil´ĕ-brahnts]
a congenital bleeding disorder, inherited as an autosomal dominant trait, characterized by a prolonged bleeding time, deficiency of von Willebrand's factor, and often impairment of platelet adhesion. It is associated with epistaxis and increased bleeding after trauma or surgery, menorrhagia, and postpartum bleeding. Called also angiohemophilia and pseudohemophilia.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
angiohemophiliaAn obsolete, nonspecific term for any tendency to bleed, many cases of which are now thought to have been von Willebrand's disease.
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