familial hypercholesterolemia

noun

Definition of familial hypercholesterolemia

:an inherited metabolic disorder marked by excess accumulation of LDL cholesterol in the blood resulting especially in atherosclerosis and irregular yellow skin lesions

First Known Use of familial hypercholesterolemia

1966


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familial hypercholesterolemia

noun

medical Definition of familial hypercholesterolemia

:a disorder of lipid metabolism that is caused by defective or absent receptors for LDLs on cell surfaces, that is marked by an increase in blood plasma LDLs and by an accumulation of LDLs in the body (as in connective tissue) resulting in xanthomas, atherosclerosis, and an increased risk of heart attack and coronary artery disease, and that is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait

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