Menkes' disease

noun
Men·kes' disease | \ˈmeŋ-kəz-, -kə-səz- \

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 mental retardation, brittle kinky hair, and a fatal outcome early in life

called also Menkes' syndrome

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