celiac disease

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celiac disease

n.
A chronic gastrointestinal disease characterized by sensitivity to gluten and malabsorption from the small intestine, resulting in diarrhea, stools with high fat content, and nutritional and vitamin deficiencies. Also called celiac sprue, gluten-sensitive enteropathy, nontropical sprue.

ce′liac disease`


n.
a hereditary digestive disorder involving intolerance to gluten, malnultrition and fatty stools.
[1935–40]

celiac disease

Sensitivity to gluten, a protein in cereals. It prevents normal absorption of fats and necessitates a special diet for life.
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Noun1.celiac disease - a disorder in children and adults; inability to tolerate wheat protein (gluten); symptoms include foul-smelling diarrhea and emaciation; often accompanied by lactose intolerance
disorder, upset - a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning; "the doctor prescribed some medicine for the disorder"; "everyone gets stomach upsets from time to time"
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