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cystic fibrosis


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A hereditary disease of the exocrine glands, usually developing during early childhood and affecting mainly the pancreas, respiratory system, and sweat glands. It is characterized by the production of abnormally viscous mucus by the affected glands, usually resulting in chronic respiratory infections and impaired pancreatic function. Also called mucoviscidosis.

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  • n. An inherited condition in which the exocrine glands produce abnormally viscous mucus, causing chronic respiratory and digestive problems.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the most common congenital disease; the child's lungs and intestines and pancreas become clogged with thick mucus; caused by defect in a single gene; no cure is known


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