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fatal inherited disorder, 1907, named in Ger. (1901) by H. Higier from names of British ophthalmologist Warren Tay (1843-1927) and U.S. physician and neurologist Warren Sachs (1858-1944) who described it in 1881 and 1887 respectively.
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a hereditary disorder of lipid metabolism occurring most frequently in individuals of Jewish descent in eastern Europe; accumulation of lipids in nervous tissue results in death in early childhood [syn: Tay-Sachs disease
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