Sjögren's syndrome

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Sjögren's syndrome

[′shō·grənz ‚sin‚drōm]
(immunology)
An autoimmune disease characterized by the destruction of salivary and lacrimal glands, damage by T lymphocytes within the glands may be accompanied by damage by immune complexes throughout the body.
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Venus Williams, the American tennis champion, was recently found to have Sjorgren's syndrome.
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Severe mouth and eye dryness, as well as generalized dry skin, is sometimes the result of an autoimmune disorder called Sjorgren's syndrome, a condition most commonly affecting older women.