celiac diseaseceliac disease
a chronic nutritional disorder, usually of young children, caused by faulty absorption of gluten in the intestines and characterized by diarrhea and malnutrition
A chronic gastrointestinal disease characterized by sensitivity to gluten and malabsorption from the small intestine, resulting in diarrhea, stools with high fat content, and nutritional and vitamin deficiencies. Also called celiac sprue, gluten-sensitive enteropathy, nontropical sprue.
- US spelling of coeliac disease.