American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See cystic fibrosis.
- n. the most common congenital disease; the child's lungs and intestines and pancreas become clogged with thick mucus; caused by defect in a single gene; no cure is known
“Cystic Fibrosis (also called mucoviscidosis) is Ireland's most common life-threatening inherited disease.”
“This illustrates well the effectiveness of this sequencing technique, the goal of which is to isolate genetic alterations in cases of hereditary diseases among children, regardless of how prevalent they are in society (e.g. mucoviscidosis, sickle-cell anemia).”
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