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encephalitis

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noun en·ceph·a·li·tis \in-ˌse-fə-ˈlī-təs\

Definition of encephalitis

plural encephalitidesplay \-ˈli-tə-ˌdēz\

  1. :  inflammation of the brain

encephalitic play \-ˈli-tik\ adjective


1843

First Known Use of encephalitis

1843


Medical Dictionary

encephalitis

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noun en·ceph·a·li·tis \in-ˌsef-ə-ˈlīt-əs\

Medical Definition of encephalitis

plural encephalitides \-ˈlit-ə-ˌdēz\play

  1. :  inflammation of the brain that is caused especially by infection with a virus (such as herpes simplex, varicella zoster, or West Nile virus) or less commonly by bacterial or fungal infection or autoimmune reaction Encephalitis may be asymptomatic or present with mild to severe symptoms (such as fever, headache, confusion, seizures, or loss of consciousness) sometimes progressing to coma or death.

encephalitic \-ˈlit-ik\play adjective




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