Tay-sachs-disease meaning

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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.
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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.
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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 intellectual disability, convulsions, blindness, and, ultimately, death.
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A genetic disease in which the products of fat metabolism accumulate in the nervous system, causing retardation, paralysis, and death by preschool age. Individuals of eastern European Jewish descent have a higher risk of inheriting Tay-Sachs disease. The disease is named after its describers, British ophthalmologist Warren Tay (1843–1927) and American neurologist Bernard Sachs (1858–1944).
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Origin of tay-sachs-disease

  • After Warren Tay (1843–1927), British physician, and Bernard Sachs (1858–1944), American neurologist

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition