kinky-hair disease

[kĭngkē-hâr]
n.
  1. A congenital metabolic defect manifested by short, sparse, poorly pigmented kinky hair and associated with failure to thrive, physical and mental retardation, and progressive deterioration of the brain.Menkes syndrome
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