type I hyperlipoproteinaemiamedical dictionary

<biochemistry> An rare inherited disorder where there is a deficiency of an enzyme (lipoprotein lipase) which breaks down fat molecules, causing the accumulation of fats or lipoproteins in the blood.

Symptoms in infancy include abdominal pain (appears as if its colic), failure to thrive and skin lesions (xanthomas).

Origin: Gr. Haima = blood

American spelling: type I hyperlipoproteinemia

(27 Sep 1997)