Tay-Sachs diseaseTay-Sachs disease
a hereditary condition, found chiefly among descendants of some Eastern European Jews, caused by an enzyme deficiency and characterized by intellectual disability, paralysis, and death in early childhood
Origin of Tay-Sachs diseaseafter W. Tay (1843-1927), Eng physician, and amp; B. Sachs (1858-1944), United States neurologist, who described it
A hereditary disease that affects young children almost exclusively of eastern European Jewish descent, in which an enzyme deficiency leads to the accumulation of gangliosides in the brain and nerve tissue, resulting in mental retardation, convulsions, blindness, and, ultimately, death.
Origin of Tay-Sachs diseaseAfter Warren Tay, (1843–1927), British physician, and Bernard, Sachs, (1858–1944), American neurologist.