familial adenomatous polyposis

Pronunciation: (fuh-MIH-lee-ul A-deh-NOH-muh-tus PAH-lee-POH-sis)

An inherited condition in which numerous polyps (growths that protrude from mucous membranes) form on the inside walls of the colon and rectum. It increases the risk of colorectal cancer. Also called familial polyposis and FAP.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Date last modified: 2008-09-11