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encephalitis lethargica

Syllabification: en·ceph·a·li·tis le·thar·gi·ca
Pronunciation: /ensefəˌlīdəs ləˈTHärjikə
 
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Definition of encephalitis lethargica in English:

noun

A form of encephalitis caused by a virus and characterized by headache and drowsiness leading to coma. Also called sleeping 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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