celiac

1 of 2

adjective

ce·​li·​ac ˈsē-lē-ˌak How to pronounce celiac (audio)
variants or chiefly British coeliac
1
: of or relating to the abdominal cavity
2
: relating to or used for celiac disease
a celiac diet

celiac

2 of 2

noun

variants or chiefly British coeliac
plural celiacs
: a person affected with celiac disease
Many celiacs bounce from doctor to doctor for help with symptoms that stubbornly defy treatment.David P. Hamilton

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
With any of these dishes, diners can substitute celiac-safe gluten-free pasta made in house. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 7 June 2022 Gluten-free or celiac customers can inform the staff of their restrictions and have the meal made without ingredients containing gluten. Dallas News, 6 July 2020 Typically, celiac causes gastrointestinal symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea and bloating. Amanda Keener, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2020 In years past, non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) wasn't taken very seriously, including by a wide swath of the medical community. Carolyn Todd, Allure, 21 May 2018 Non-celiac gluten sensitivity: This sensitivity often is diagnosed when doctors rule out celiac disease and a wheat allergy but recognize there is a medical concern present. Hannah Drown, cleveland.com, 3 Apr. 2018 That said, non-celiac gluten sensitivity is still a pretty misunderstood condition. Christine Byrne, SELF, 22 Sep. 2017 But what if this newfound awareness triggers concern that your child may be suffering from celiac disease? Hannah Drown, cleveland.com, 29 Aug. 2017 Whole-grain vs. gluten-free bread: Gluten-free foods were created for people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Cara Rosenbloom, charlotteobserver, 22 Aug. 2017 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Latin coeliacus, from Greek koiliakos, from koilia cavity, from koilos hollow — more at cave

First Known Use

Adjective

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1976, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of celiac was in 1662

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Cite this Entry

“Celiac.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celiac. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

celiac

1 of 2 adjective
ce·​li·​ac
variants or chiefly British coeliac
1
: of or relating to the abdominal cavity
2
: belonging to or prescribed for celiac disease
the celiac syndrome
a celiac diet

celiac

2 of 2 noun
variants or chiefly British coeliac
: a celiac part (as a nerve)
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