Tay-Sachs disease

noun
\ ˈtā-ˈsaks- \

Definition of Tay-Sachs disease 

: a hereditary disorder of lipid metabolism typically affecting individuals of eastern European Jewish ancestry that is characterized by the accumulation of lipids especially in nervous tissue due to a deficiency of hexosaminidase, that is inherited as a recessive autosomal trait, and that causes death in early childhood

called also Tay-Sachs

First Known Use of Tay-Sachs disease

1907, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Tay-Sachs disease

Warren Tay †1927 British physician & Bernard P. Sachs †1944 American neurologist

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Tay-Sachs disease

noun
\ ˈtā-ˈsaks- \

Medical Definition of Tay-Sachs disease 

: a hereditary disorder of lipid metabolism that typically affects individuals of eastern European Jewish ancestry, that is marked by the accumulation of lipids especially in nervous tissue due to a deficiency of hexosaminidase A, that is characterized by weakness, macrocephaly, red retinal spots, hyperacusis, retarded development, blindness, convulsions, paralysis, and death in early childhood, and that is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait

called also Tay-Sachs

— see sandhoff's disease

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