cystic fibrosiscystic fibrosis
a congenital disease, usually of children, characterized by fibrosis and malfunctioning of the pancreas, and by frequent respiratory infections
A genetic disease that involves dysfunction of the exocrine glands and affects many organs and organ systems, especially the respiratory system, the pancreas, the intestines, the sweat glands, and, in males, the reproductive system. It is characterized by the chronic accumulation of thick mucus in the lungs and pancreas, affecting breathing and digestion, and by recurring infections. Also called mucoviscidosis .
- (pathology) An inherited condition in which the exocrine glands produce abnormally viscous mucus, causing chronic respiratory and digestive problems.