Definition: A digestive disease that is caused by an immune response to a protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, rye, barley, and oats. Celiac disease damages the lining of the small intestine and interferes with the absorption of nutrients from food. A person with celiac disease may become malnourished no matter how much food is consumed.
Synonyms (terms occurring on more labels are shown first): nontropical sprue, celiac disease, idiopathic steatorrhea, gluten-induced enteropathy, gluten enteropathy, non-tropical sprue
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