Menkes' disease

noun
Men·​kes' disease | \ ˈmeŋ-kəz-, -kə-səz- How to pronounce Menkes' disease (audio) \

Medical Definition of Menkes' disease

: a disorder of copper metabolism that is inherited as a recessive X-linked trait and is characterized by a deficiency of copper in the liver and of copper-containing proteins (as ceruloplasmin) which results in intellectual disability, brittle kinky hair, and typically a fatal outcome early in life

called also Menkes' syndrome

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“Menkes' disease.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Menkes%27%20disease. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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