familial dysbetalipoproteinaemiamedical dictionary

<biochemistry, cardiology> An inherited disorder (gene defect) where both cholesterol and triglycerides are elevated in the same patient. This condition accelerates the effects of atherosclerosis and thus increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. Conditions such as hypothyroidism, obesity and diabetes enhances this risk.

Origin: Gr. Haima = blood

American spelling: familial dysbetalipoproteinemia

(27 Sep 1997)