celiac disease


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.

Origin of celiac disease

First recorded in 1935–40
Also called ce·li·ac-sprue [see-lee-ak-sproo] /ˈsi li ækˌspru/.
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Medicine definitions for celiac disease

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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Science 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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