Definition of Cystic fibrosis

1. Noun. The most common congenital disease; the child's lungs and intestines and pancreas become clogged with thick mucus; caused by defect in a single gene; no cure is known.

Definition of Cystic fibrosis

1. Noun. (pathology) An inherited condition in which the exocrine glands produce abnormally viscous mucus, causing chronic respiratory and digestive problems. ¹

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Medical Definition of Cystic fibrosis

1. A generalised disorder of infants, children and young adults, in which there is widespread dysfunction of the exocrine glands, characterised by signs of chronic pulmonary disease (due to excess mucus production in the respiratory tract), pancreatic deficiency, abnormally high levels of electrolytes in the sweat and occasionally by biliary cirrhosis. There is an ineffective immunologic defense against bacteria in the lungs. Pathologically, the pancreas shows obstruction of the pancreatic ducts by amorphous eosinophilic concretions, with consequent deficiency of pancreatic enzymes, resulting in steatorrhoea and azotorrhoea and intestinal malabsorption. The degree of involvement of organs and glandular systems may vary greatly, with consequent variations in the clinical picture. Inheritance: autosomal recessive. (13 Nov 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cystic Fibrosis

cysteinyl-tRNA synthetase
cysteinyl leukotriene
cystic acne
cystic artery
cystic breast disease
cystic bronchiectasis
cystic carcinoma
cystic diathesis
cystic disease of renal medulla
cystic duct
cystic duct cholangiography
cystic fibrosis (current term)
cystic fibrosis antigen
cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator
cystic gall duct
cystic goiter
cystic hygroma
cystic hyperplasia
cystic hyperplasia of the breast
cystic kidney
cystic liver metastases
cystic lymph node
cystic lymphangiectasis
cystic mastitis
cystic medial necrosis

Literary usage of Cystic fibrosis

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1. Novel Systems for the Study of Human Disease: From Basic Research to by OECD Staff (1998)
"... Western General Hospital Edinburgh, Scotland cystic fibrosis (CF) is an autosomal recessive disease which affects 1 in 2 000 live births and has a ..."

2. Handbook of Severe Disability: A Text for Rehabilitation Counselors, Other edited by Walter C. Stolov, Michael R. Clowers (2000)
"... Lustig HS: Young adults with cystic fibrosis The problems of a new generation Ann Intern Med 78:959- 961, 1973 Because more cystic fibrosis patients are ..."

3. Prevention of Mental Disorders, Alcohol and Other Drug Use in Children and edited by David Shaffer (1989)
"Bywater, EM Adolescents with cystic fibrosis: Psychosocial adjustment. Archives of Disease in Childhood 56:538, 1981. Cadman, D.; Boyle, M.; Szatmari, P.; ..."

4. Biotechnology and Food: Leader and Participant Guide by Tom Zinnen, Jane Voichick (1994)
"cystic fibrosis is a disease of mucous glands throughout the body that ... Biotechnology is used to detect, diagnose and treat cystic fibrosis: FIRST, ..."

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