amaurotic idiocy

noun

dated, now offensive
: any of several recessive genetic conditions characterized by the accumulation of lipid-containing cells in the viscera and nervous system, intellectual disability, and impaired vision or blindness
especially : tay-sachs disease

Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of amaurotic idiocy was in 1900

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“Amaurotic idiocy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amaurotic%20idiocy. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

amaurotic idiocy

noun
variants or amaurotic family idiocy
dated, now offensive
: any of several recessive genetic conditions characterized by the accumulation of lipid-containing cells in the viscera and nervous system, intellectual disability, and impaired vision or blindness
especially : tay-sachs disease
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