from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A hereditary disease of the exocrine glands, usually developing during early childhood and affecting mainly the pancreas, respiratory system, and sweat glands. It is characterized by the production of abnormally viscous mucus by the affected glands, usually resulting in chronic respiratory infections and impaired pancreatic function. Also called mucoviscidosis.
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- n. An inherited condition in which the exocrine glands produce abnormally viscous mucus, causing chronic respiratory and digestive problems.
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- 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
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*Charles P. Tolchin, avatar of optimism, died from complications of his cystic fibrosis on Aug. 7, 2003.
We're here because of the young man I met in Youngsville, North Carolina who almost lost his home because he has three children with cystic fibrosis and couldn't pay their medical bills; who still doesn't have health insurance for himself or his wife and lives in fear that a single illness could cost them everything.
There, spilling out of the fax machine Lap-Chee and I had set up in the Yale dormitory where we were both attending a meeting, was the data from that day’s work in the lab—showing unequivocally that a deletion of just three letters of the DNA code CTT, to be exact in the protein-coding part of a previously unknown gene was the cause of cystic fibrosis in the majority of patients.
Even a textbook par on the uphill eighteenth, with the glamorous clubhouse sitting off to the right like an observation post from which members could evaluate the suffering of their peers, even a lively conversation with Sylviawhich took us from cystic fibrosis to Italian politics (The coalition is crippled by the extreme left), to maternity leave (Its a generous policy we have, but those women are rendering an important service), to the retirement age (Too young here; its putting a strain on the economy), to my work (Give me your name so I can tell my friends I played with a writer)couldnt leave me with much optimism.