One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Either of two inherited (autosomal recessive) metabolic storage diseases in humans and certain other mammals, in which deficiency of alpha- or beta-mannosidase causes accumulation of mannose-rich oligosaccharides in the central nervous system and other tissues, resulting in neurological, skeletal, and other abnormalities.
1960s. From mannoside + -osis.
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