niemannpick disease

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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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