familial adenomatous polyposis

familial adenomatous pol·​yp·​o·​sis | \ -ˌpä-li-ˈpō-səs How to pronounce familial adenomatous polyposis (audio) \

Definition of familial adenomatous polyposis

: an inherited disease of the large intestine marked by the formation especially in the colon and rectum of numerous glandular polyps which typically become malignant if left untreated

called also familial polyposis

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Recent Examples on the Web The company says the drug can be used in the treatment of the rare disease familial adenomatous polyposis, or FAP, an inherited condition that becomes colorectal cancer in patients by age 39 on average. Laura Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Texas’ cancer-fighting agency invests millions in San Antonio research," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of familial adenomatous polyposis

1976, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for familial adenomatous polyposis

polyposis presence of polyps, from New Latin, from polypus polyp + -osis

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The first known use of familial adenomatous polyposis was in 1976

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“Familial adenomatous polyposis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/familial%20adenomatous%20polyposis. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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Medical Definition of familial adenomatous polyposis

: a disease of the large intestine that is marked by the formation especially in the colon and rectum of numerous adenomatous polyps which typically become malignant if left untreated, that may be either asymptomatic or accompanied by diarrhea or bleeding, and that is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait abbreviation FAP

called also adenomatous polyposis coli, familial polyposis

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