Niemann-Pick disease

[ nee-muh n-pik ]
/ ˈni mənˈpɪk /

noun Pathology.

a rare, hereditary lipid-storage disease, occurring primarily among Ashkenazic Jews, in which abnormal lipid metabolism results in enlargement of the liver, spleen, and lymph nodes, and in progressive mental and physical deterioration.

Origin of Niemann-Pick disease

described independently by German physicians Albert Niemann (1880–1921) in 1914 and Ludwig Pick (1868–1935?) in 1926 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for niemann-pick disease

Niemann-Pick disease


An inherited disorder of lipid metabolism characterized by gastrointestinal disturbances and enlargement and abnormalities of blood-forming organs; it occurs primarily in infants of eastern European Jewish descent and it leads to early death.Pick's disease2 sphingomyelin lipidosis
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