a syndrome marked by grotesque obesity correlated with cyanosis, muscle twitching, congestive heart failure, and hypersomnolence. These indicators are generally considered to stem from respiratory impairment elicited by severe obesity. The terminology of the syndrome is pulled from the character in Dickens's Pickwick Papers.

PICKWICKIAN SYNDROME: "The occurrence of Pickwickian syndrome is not common these days."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "PICKWICKIAN SYNDROME," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/pickwickian-syndrome/ (accessed October 16, 2021).