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kuru Syllabification: ku·ru
Pronunciation: /ˈko͝oro͞o/

Definition of kuru in English:


A fatal disease of the brain occurring in some peoples in New Guinea and thought to be caused by a viruslike agent such as a prion.
Example sentences
  • Among humans, the disease kuru, found in the south Pacific, was also shown to be transmissible.
  • It should be noted, however, that kuru and Mad Cow are both caused by prions, rather than by bacteria or viruses.
  • The incidence of kuru has decreased with the reduction of cannibalism, according to researchers who studied natives in New Guinea highlands.


1950s: a local word.

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