Tay-Sachs Disease Definition

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.
Webster's New World
  • infantile amaurotic idiocy
  • Sachs disease
  • Tay-Sachs

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

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