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a general designation applied to diseases characterized by abnormal storage of sphingolipids, such as gaucher's disease, niemann-pick disease, hurler's syndrome, and tay-sachs disease; all are associated with mental retardation and premature death.
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Collective designation for various diseases characterized by abnormal sphingolipid metabolism (for example, gangliosidosis, Gaucher disease, Niemann-Pick disease).
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Any of various diseases, such as Gaucher disease or Niemann-Pick disease, caused by a deficiency of an enzyme that degrades sphingolipids.
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sphin·go·lip·i·do·sis, sphingolipodystrophy, pl. sphingolipidoses (sfinggō-lipi-dōsis, -ō-distrŏ-fē, -i-dōsēz)
Collective designation for a variety of diseases characterized by abnormal sphingolipid metabolism, e.g., gangliosidosis, Gaucher disease, Niemann-Pick disease.
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sphin·go·lip·i·do·sis, pl. sphingo lipidoses , sphingolipodystro phy (sfinggō-lipi-dōsis, -i-dōsēz, -ō-distrŏ-fē)
Collective designation for various diseases characterized by abnormal sphingolipid metabolism.
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