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Medical Term:

celiac disease


Definition: a disease occurring in children and adults characterized by sensitivity to gluten, with chronic inflammation and atrophy of the mucosa of the upper small intestine; manifestations include diarrhea, malabsorption, steatorrhea, nutritional and vitamin deficiencies, and failure to thrive, or short stature.

Synonym(s): celiac sprue, celiac syndrome, gluten enteropathy

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