One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to the abdomen.
enteric, gastroenteric, duodenal, gastric, ventral, stomach, abdominal, visceralView synonyms
- ‘The celiac artery was normal without sign of bleeding.’
- ‘With the exception of nausea and vomiting secondary to stimulation of the celiac plexus, gastrointestinal symptoms are usually absent.’
- ‘Iron is absorbed in the proximal small intestine, where celiac manifestations are most prominent; hence, iron malabsorption is common.’
- ‘Patients with severe, refractory celiac sprue are at an increased risk of developing intestinal T-cell lymphoma.’
- ‘Abdominal exploration showed that celiac lymph nodes were normal in appearance.’
Relating to or affected by coeliac disease.‘a coeliac child’
- ‘The gluten free wafers had been available for coeliac sufferers for years and were kept in a separate vessel.’
- ‘The doctor comments on the high incidence of osteoporosis in coeliac patients and says that this may be a presenting feature.’
- ‘The villi in celiac patients have collapsed and fail to absorb nutrients.’
- ‘When consumed by celiac sufferers, gluten damages the lining of the small intestine, blocking nutrient absorption and leading to vitamin deficiencies.’
- ‘Because gluten is so far-reaching, reading labels is a necessity for celiac patients.’
A person with coeliac disease.
- ‘The society estimates that there are possibly 16,000 coeliacs in the country.’
- ‘The market has a very good range of gluten free food (muffins, chocolate cakes and gluten free bread) which should suit all coeliacs.’
- ‘Imagine my shock when the maitre d' on being told that I was a celiac and allergic to flour removed the vase of carnations from my table, apologising profusely.’
- ‘His son is a coeliac, he must avoid wheat and gluten products.’
- ‘Staples such as bread, pasta and flour can be obtained on prescription and many coeliacs can eat a healthy and even enjoyable diet.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin coeliacus, from Greek koiliakos, from koilia ‘belly’.
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