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Niemann-Pick disease

[nee-muhn-pik]
noun Pathology.
a rare, hereditary lipid-storage disease, occurring primarily among Ashkenazic Jews, in which abnormal lipid metabolism results in enlargement of the liver, spleen, and lymph nodes, and in progressive mental and physical deterioration.

Origin:
described independently by German physicians Albert Niemann (1880–1921) in 1914 and Ludwig Pick (1868–1935?) in 1926

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Niemann-Pick disease n.
An inherited disorder of lipid metabolism characterized by gastrointestinal disturbances and enlargement and abnormalities of blood-forming organs; it occurs primarily in infants of eastern European Jewish descent and it leads to early death. Also called Pick's disease2, sphingomyelin lipidosis.

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