celiac disease definition

  • noun:
    • A chronic nutritional disturbance, often of young children, brought on by the shortcoming to metabolise gluten, which results in malnutrition, a distended abdomen, muscle tissue wasting, and the passage through of stools having increased fat content. The condition can be controlled by a special diet that emphasizes the eradication of most foods containing gluten.
    • United States spelling of coeliac disease.
    • a disorder in children and adults; incapacity to tolerate grain protein (gluten); symptoms include foul-smelling diarrhea and emaciation; often combined with lactose intolerance

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