Tay-sachs-disease Definition

tāsăks
noun
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
Synonyms:
infantile amaurotic idiocySachs diseaseTay-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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