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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.
a hereditary digestive disorder involving intolerance to gluten, malnultrition and fatty stools.
Sensitivity to gluten, a protein in cereals. It prevents normal absorption of fats and necessitates a special diet for life.
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|Noun||1.||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|