Celiac disease: is an immune-mediated disease in which people cannot eat gluten. If you have celiac disease, and you eat gluten, your immune system responds by damaging the small intestine. It results in the flattening of the finger-like villi in the small intestine resulting in maldigestion and malabsorption of nutrients.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley.
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