Definition of encephalitis lethargica in English:

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encephalitis lethargica

Pronunciation: /ɛnˌsɛfəˈlʌɪtɪs lɪˈθɑːdʒɪkə/
/ɛnˌkɛfəˈlʌɪtɪs lɪˈθɑːdʒɪkə/

noun

[mass noun]
A form of encephalitis caused by a virus and characterized by headache and drowsiness leading to coma. Also called sleepy sickness.
Example sentences
  • It tracks the research of two medical teams into the cause of encephalitis lethargica, a strange neurological condition causing coma and catatonia, of which there was a pandemic between 1917 and 1928.
  • We all know that memory may be obliterated by an injury to the brain, that a virtuous person may be rendered vicious by encephalitis lethargica, and that a clever child can be turned into an idiot by lack of iodine.
  • As a young man Milne had suffered from encephalitis lethargica.

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