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
Words nearby celiac disease
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Medical definitions for celiac disease
A gastrointestinal disease characterized by sensitivity to gluten with malabsorption and mucosal atrophy, resulting in diarrhea, steatorrhea, and nutritional and vitamin deficiencies.gluten enteropathy gluten-sensitive enteropathy nontropical sprue
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Scientific definitions for celiac disease
[ sē′lē-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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