Definition of coeliac in English:

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coeliac

Pronunciation: /ˈsiːlɪak/
(US celiac)

adjective

1 Anatomy Relating to the abdomen.
Example sentences
  • Iron is absorbed in the proximal small intestine, where celiac manifestations are most prominent; hence, iron malabsorption is common.
  • With the exception of nausea and vomiting secondary to stimulation of the celiac plexus, gastrointestinal symptoms are usually absent.
  • Abdominal exploration showed that celiac lymph nodes were normal in appearance.
2 Medicine Relating to or affected by coeliac disease: a coeliac child
More example sentences
  • The villi in celiac patients have collapsed and fail to absorb nutrients.
  • When consumed by celiac sufferers, gluten damages the lining of the small intestine, blocking nutrient absorption and leading to vitamin deficiencies.
  • The doctor comments on the high incidence of osteoporosis in coeliac patients and says that this may be a presenting feature.

noun

Medicine
A person with coeliac disease.
Example sentences
  • Staples such as bread, pasta and flour can be obtained on prescription and many coeliacs can eat a healthy and even enjoyable diet.
  • The society estimates that there are possibly 16,000 coeliacs in the country.
  • The market has a very good range of gluten free food (muffins, chocolate cakes and gluten free bread) which should suit all coeliacs.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin coeliacus, from Greek koiliakos, from koilia 'belly'.

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