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familial adenomatous polyposis

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noun familial adenomatous pol·yp·o·sis \-ˌpä-li-ˈpō-səs\

Definition of familial adenomatous polyposis

  1. :  an inherited disease of the large intestine marked by the formation especially in the colon and rectum of numerous glandular polyps which typically become malignant if left untreated —called also familial polyposis



Origin and Etymology of familial adenomatous polyposis

polyposis presence of polyps, from New Latin, from polypus polyp + -osis


First Known Use: 1976


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familial adenomatous polyposis

noun familial adenomatous pol·yp·o·sis

Medical Definition of familial adenomatous polyposis

  1. :  a disease of the large intestine that is marked by the formation especially in the colon and rectum of numerous adenomatous polyps which typically become malignant if left untreated, that may be either asymptomatic or accompanied by diarrhea or bleeding, and that is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait—abbreviation FAP; called also adenomatous polyposis coli, familial polyposis




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