Definition of


  1. (noun, state) a hereditary disorder of lipid metabolism occurring most frequently in individuals of Jewish descent in eastern Europe; accumulation of lipids in nervous tissue results in death in early childhood

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Origin of the word Tay-sachs

  1. fatal inherited disorder, 1907, named in Ger. (1901) by H. Higier from names of British ophthalmologist Warren Tay (1843-1927) and U.S. physician and neurologist Warren Sachs (1858-1944) who described it in 1881 and 1887 respectively. more

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Words that sound like Tay-sachs

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