tay sachs disease

Tay-Sachs disease

noun Pathology.
a rare fatal hereditary disease, occurring chiefly in infants and children, especially of eastern European Jewish origin, characterized by a red spot on the retina, gradual blindness, and paralysis.

1920–25; named after W. Tay (1843–1927), English physician, and B. Sachs (1858–1944), American neurologist

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Tay-Sachs disease (ˌteɪˈsæks)
an inherited disorder, caused by a faulty recessive gene, in which lipids accumulate in the brain, leading to mental retardation and blindness. It occurs mostly in Ashkenazi Jews
[C20: named after W. Tay (1843--1927), British physician, and B. Sachs (1858--1944), US neurologist]

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Tay-Sachs disease (tā'sāks')
A lyposomal storage disease that is the infantile type of cerebral sphingolipidosis. Also called GM2 gangliosidosis.

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Tay-Sachs disease   (tā'sāks')  Pronunciation Key 
A genetic disease in which the products of fat metabolism accumulate in the nervous system, causing retardation, paralysis, and death by preschool age. Individuals of eastern European Jewish descent have a higher risk of inheriting Tay-Sachs disease. The disease is named after its describers, British ophthalmologist Warren Tay (1843-1927) and American neurologist Bernard Sachs (1858-1944).
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