celiac disease

noun

Definition of celiac disease 

: a chronic hereditary intestinal disorder in which an inability to absorb the gliadin portion of gluten results in the gliadin triggering an immune response that damages the intestinal mucosa

called also celiac sprue

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Gluten-free eaters learn to love alternative grains like amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa, and rice, but only those with a wheat allergy or, more seriously, celiac disease, must strictly comply. Allure, "Do Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, or Low-Carb Diets Actually Work?," 16 May 2018 In individuals with celiac disease, gluten can cause a great variety of symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, and a swollen stomach, among others. Miguel Saps, M.d., miamiherald, "Is eating gluten really bad for you?," 19 June 2018 Although the surge of these products is great news for patients with celiac disease, misinformation about gluten has caused confusion in many. Miguel Saps, M.d., miamiherald, "Is eating gluten really bad for you?," 19 June 2018 Image For Gail Becker, a former marketing executive who has two sons with celiac disease, finding gluten-free pizza that her kids could enjoy has long been a challenge. New York Times, "The Ascension of Cauliflower," 8 June 2018 But the surveys showed no differences between those patients and people with celiac disease, the team reported in 2012. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "What’s really behind ‘gluten sensitivity’?," 23 May 2018 Not long ago, someone who insisted that eating gluten caused them unpleasant symptoms but tested negative for celiac disease (CD) might have elicited eye rolls. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "How to Tell If You Have Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity," 21 May 2018 The three diagnoses are celiac disease, wheat allergy and gluten sensitivity. Hannah Drown, cleveland.com, "How many people really need to avoid gluten in their diet?," 3 Apr. 2018 By 2014, in the United States alone, an estimated 3 million people without celiac disease had sworn off gluten. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "What’s really behind ‘gluten sensitivity’?," 23 May 2018

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1911, in the meaning defined above

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celiac disease

noun

Medical Definition of celiac disease 

: a chronic hereditary intestinal disorder in which an inability to absorb the gliadin portion of gluten results in the gliadin triggering an immune response that damages the intestinal mucosa

called also celiac sprue, gluten-sensitive enteropathy, nontropical sprue, sprue

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