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 Dictionary entry overview: What does PKU mean? 

PKU (noun)
  The noun PKU has 1 sense:

1. a genetic disorder of metabolism; lack of the enzyme needed to turn phenylalanine into tyrosine results in an accumulation of phenylalanine in the body fluids which causes various degrees of mental deficiency

  Familiarity information: PKU used as a noun is very rare.


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PKU (noun)


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Meaning:

A genetic disorder of metabolism; lack of the enzyme needed to turn phenylalanine into tyrosine results in an accumulation of phenylalanine in the body fluids which causes various degrees of mental deficiency

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Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

phenylketonuria; PKU

Hypernyms ("PKU" is a kind of...):

inborn error of metabolism (any of a number of diseases in which an inherited defect (usually a missing or inadequate enzyme) results in an abnormality of metabolism)


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