amaurotic idiocy

noun

Definition of amaurotic idiocy

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

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amaurotic idiocy

noun
variants: or amaurotic family idiocy

medical Definition of amaurotic idiocy

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

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