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cystic fibrosis

noun, Pathology
1.
a hereditary chronic disease of the exocrine glands, characterized by the production of viscid mucus that obstructs the pancreatic ducts and bronchi, leading to infection and fibrosis.
Origin
1950-1955
1950-55
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  • Newborns are now often screened for cystic fibrosis with the idea that they can be treated early to help avoid complications.
  • It will examine plasma and lung tissue from cystic fibrosis patients.
British Dictionary definitions for cystic fibrosis

cystic fibrosis

noun
1.
an inheritable disease of the exocrine glands, controlled by a recessive gene: affected children inherit defective alleles from both parents. It is characterized by chronic infection of the respiratory tract and by pancreatic insufficiency
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cystic fibrosis in Medicine

cystic fibrosis n.
Abbr. CF
A hereditary metabolic disorder of the exocrine glands, usually developing during early childhood and affecting mainly the pancreas, respiratory system, and sweat glands. It is marked by the production of abnormally viscous mucus by the affected glands, usually resulting in chronic respiratory infections and impaired pancreatic function. Also called Clarke-Hadfield syndrome, fibrocystic disease of pancreas, mucoviscidosis.

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cystic fibrosis in Science
cystic fibrosis
  (sĭs'tĭk fī-brō'sĭs)   
An inherited disorder of the exocrine glands, usually developing during early childhood and affecting mainly the pancreas, respiratory system, and sweat glands. It is marked by the production of abnormally thick mucus by the affected glands, usually resulting in chronic respiratory infections and impaired pancreatic function.
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cystic fibrosis in Culture
cystic fibrosis [(sis-tik feye-broh-sis)]

A congenital and chronic disease that affects certain glands in the body, particularly the sweat glands, the pancreas, and the glands in the mucous membranes of the respiratory system. Cystic fibrosis causes recurring respiratory disorders (see respiration) and interferes with the production of enzymes by the pancreas.

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