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a syndrome occurring in infants and young children soon after weaning. It is due to severe protein deficiency, and the symptoms include edema, pigmentation changes of skin and hair, impaired growth and development, distention of the abdomen, and pathologic liver changes.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
A dietary protein deficiency disease seen originally in Africans, particularly children 1-3 years old. It is characterized by marked hypoalbuminemia, anemia, edema, pot belly, depigmentation of the skin, loss of hair or change in hair color to red, and bulky stools containing undigested food. Postmortem examination reveals fatty changes in the cells of the liver, atrophy of the acinar cells of the pancreas, and hyalinization of the renal glomeruli.
[Ga, a language of Ghana, red boy or displaced child]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
Severe protein malnutrition, especially in children after weaning, marked by lethargy, growth retardation, anemia, edema, potbelly, skin depigmentation, and hair loss or change in hair color.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Lab Anaemia, decreased haematocrit, blood volume, decreased albumin
Treatment Succotash, a diet mixture that provides the deficient amino acids
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
A disease seen in African children 1-3 years old, due to dietary deficiency, particularly of protein; characterized by marked hypoalbuminemia, anemia, edema, pot belly, depigmentation of the skin, loss of hair or change in hair color to red, and bulky stools containing undigested food.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
kwashiorkorA serious nutritional deficiency disease of young children resulting from gross dietary protein deficiency with a high intake of carbohydrate of low nutritional value. There is retarded growth and development, a protuberant abdomen, muscle wasting, tissue fluid retention (OEDEMA), red discolouration of the hair, irritability or apathy and enlargement of the liver. The protein deficiency results in inadequate antibody levels and seious infections. Children under two years of age who develop kwashiorkor and survive are likely to suffer life-long ill effects.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
kwashiorkorthe most widespread and serious human nutritional disease, brought on by acute protein starvation. The condition is characterized by apathy impaired growth, skin ulcers, swollen hands and feet and an enlarged liver. If untreated, it is fatal. Kwashiorkor typically affects children in the early stages after weaning.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
Severe malnutritution in children primarily caused by a protein-poor diet, characterized by growth retardation.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
A dietary protein deficiency disease seen originally in African children; involving anemia, edema, pot belly, dermal depigmentation, loss of hair or change in hair color to red, and other signs.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012