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[see-lee-ak] /ˈsi liˌæk/
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  • The study also found evidence of a higher incidence of food allergies and a higher risk of developing coeliac disease.
  • The diarrhoea characteristic of coeliac disease is pale, voluminous and malodorous.
British Dictionary definitions for coeliac


of or relating to the abdomen
a person who suffers from coeliac disease
Word Origin
C17: from Latin coeliacus, from Greek koiliakos, from koilia belly
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Word Origin and History for coeliac

1660s, from Latin coeliacus, from Greek koiliakos "pertaining to the bowels," also "pain in the bowels," from koilia "bowels, abdominal cavity, intestines, tripe" from koilos "hollow," from PIE root *keue- "to swell; vault, hole" (see cumulus).

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coeliac in Medicine

coeliac coe·li·ac (sē'lē-āk')
Variant of celiac.

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