poliomyelitis

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Borrowing from German Poliomyelitis, from the Ancient Greek πολιός (poliós, grey) +‎ μυελός (muelós, marrow) +‎ -ῖτις (-îtis, -itis). Compare the French poliomyélite.

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poliomyelitis (countable and uncountable, plural poliomyelitides)

  1. (pathology) Acute infection by the poliovirus, especially of the motor neurons in the spinal cord and brainstem, leading to muscle weakness, paralysis and sometimes deformity.

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