Definition of poliomyelitis in English:


Line breaks: polio|my¦el|itis
Pronunciation: /ˌpəʊlɪəʊmʌɪəˈlʌɪtɪs
, ˌpɒlɪəʊ-/


[mass noun] Medicine
  • An infectious viral disease that affects the central nervous system and can cause temporary or permanent paralysis.
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    • Infectious diseases such as whooping cough, encephalitis, poliomyelitis, diphtheria, rabies, tetanus, syphilis, and botulism rarely are seen now but can cause vocal cord paralysis.
    • The viral disease known as poliomyelitis is highly infectious and can cause total paralysis and even death.
    • Other common diseases include schistosomiasis, sleeping sickness, poliomyelitis, tuberculosis, and pneumonia.


late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek polios 'grey' + muelos 'marrow'.

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