cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis

[ sĕr′ə-brō-tĕndə-nəs, sə-rē′brō- ]

n.

An inherited disorder associated with the deposition of a form of cholesterol in the brain and other tissues and with elevated levels of cholesterol in plasma but with normal total cholesterol level; it is characterized by progressive cerebellar ataxia beginning after puberty and by juvenile cataracts, and tendinous or tuberous xanthomas.

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