cystic fibrosis

noun

Definition of cystic fibrosis

: a common hereditary disease that appears usually in early childhood, involves functional disorder of the exocrine glands, and is marked especially by difficulty in breathing due to mucus accumulation in airways, by faulty digestion due to a deficiency of pancreatic enzymes, and by excessive loss of salt in the sweat

Note: Cystic fibrosis occurs especially in Caucasian populations and is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait requiring that both parents pass on a copy of the defective gene on a chromosome other than a sex chromosome.

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An analysis of a licensing exam question bank found that the number one disease associated with white patients is cystic fibrosis. Jennifer W. Tsai, STAT, "You can’t tell a book by its cover — or a disease by Drake’s race," 11 July 2018 Through her nonprofit The Clarity Project, the recent high school graduate hopes sharing her story will help more people understand what cystic fibrosis and other chronic disease patients face. Emily Dabau, Good Housekeeping, "Teen Explains What Life in a Coma Was Like," 16 July 2015 Fries’s hugely immersive past roles in German films have included a woman with cystic fibrosis (in Zurich) and the survivor of a high school massacre (in The Dam). Mikael Jansson, Vogue, "14 Countries, 14 Superstars: The Global Actors Who Know No Limits," 14 Mar. 2019 The two of them play cystic fibrosis patients who have to stay six feet apart from each other at all times. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Exclusive: Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson Are Totally in Love in Andy Grammer's "Don't Give Up on Me" Music Video," 21 Feb. 2019 Because of Benjamin’s cystic fibrosis, the couple wasn’t able to have biological children and had long been considering creating a family through adoption. Elissa Strauss, Glamour, "The Great Frozen Embryo Debate," 11 Oct. 2018 Lucas Kulczycki, 106, a physician specializing in cystic fibrosis who served at Children’s National Medical Center 1962 to 1976 and then at Georgetown University Hospital until 1991, died May 3 at a care community in Falls Church, Va. Washington Post, "Community deaths," 17 June 2018 Nonprofit groups that help people with diabetes, epilepsy and cystic fibrosis echoed that concern. Robert Pear, New York Times, "Massachusetts, a Health Pioneer, Turns Its Focus to Drug Prices. It’s in for a Fight.," 31 Mar. 2018 Release date: February 14 March Stella and Will are two cystic fibrosis patients who are being treated in the same hospital. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "8 Teen Movies Coming Out in 2019 That You're Bound To Become Obsessed With," 11 Jan. 2019

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cystic fibrosis

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cystic fibrosis

medical : a very serious disease that usually appears in young children and that makes it hard to breathe and to digest food properly

cystic fibrosis

noun

Medical Definition of cystic fibrosis

: a hereditary disease prevalent especially in Caucasian populations that appears usually in early childhood, is inherited as an autosomal recessive monogenic trait, involves functional disorder of the exocrine glands, and is marked especially by faulty digestion due to a deficiency of pancreatic enzymes, by difficulty in breathing due to mucus accumulation in airways, and by excessive loss of salt in the sweat

called also fibrocystic disease of the pancreas, mucoviscidosis

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