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noun
a hereditary digestive disorder involving intolerance to gluten, usually occurring in young children, characterized by marked abdominal distention, malnutrition, wasting, and the passage of large, fatty, malodorous stools.
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Also called ce·li·ac-sprue [see-lee-ak-sproo]. /ˈsi li ækˌspru/.

Origin of celiac disease

First recorded in 1935–40

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Scientific definitions for celiac disease

celiac disease
[ sēlē-ăk′ ]

A gastrointestinal disease characterized by an inability to absorb the protein gluten, resulting in diarrhea, the passage of stools having a high fat content, and nutritional and vitamin deficiencies. Individuals with celiac disease must avoid ingesting products made from grains containing gluten, including wheat, rye, barley, and oats.
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