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noun. An illness characterized by the building up of amyloid within bodily tissues. Amyloid is an involved starchy protein compound. It is thought that it results from immune-deficiency diseases. Amyloidosis is at some point entirely detrimental because it impedes the regular operations of tissues, causing tumors to grow in the liver, respiratory tracts, kidneys, and various other organ systems. Primary amyloidosis takes place in the inexistence of any other illnesses, whereas secondary amyloidosis is correlated with ongoing illnesses.

AMYLOIDOSIS: "Patients who accept their primary amyloidosis as a death sentence generally do not live as long as those who stay positive and adhere strictly to treatment."

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