Orphan disease
A rare disease. In the United States, an orphan disease is one that affects fewer than 200,000 people. There are more than 5,000 such rare disorders. But taken together, they affect approximately 20 million Americans. One in every 12 individuals in the U.S. has an orphan disease.

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or·phan disease 'ȯr-fən- n a disease which affects a relatively small number of individuals and for which no drug therapy has been developed because the small market would make the research and the drug unprofitable

Medical dictionary. 2011.

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