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Guillain–Barré syndrome

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noun Guil·lain–Bar·ré syndrome \ˌgē-ˌlan-ˌbä-ˈrā-, ˌgē-yaⁿ-\

Definition of Guillain–Barré syndrome

  1. :  a polyneuritis of unknown cause characterized especially by muscle weakness and paralysis



Origin of guillain–barré syndrome

Georges Guillain †1961 French physician and Jean A. Barré †1967 French neurologist


First Known Use: 1939


Medical Dictionary

Guillain–Barré syndrome

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noun Guil·lain–Bar·ré syndrome \ˌgē-ˌlan-ˌbä-ˈrā-, ˌgē-yaⁿ-\

Medical Definition of Guillain–Barré syndrome

  1. :  a polyneuritis of unknown cause characterized especially by muscle weakness and paralysis—called also Landry's paralysis



Biographical Note for guillain–barré syndrome

Guillain \gē-yaⁿ\play Georges Charles (1876–1961), and Barré \bä-rā\play Jean Alexander (1880–1967), French neurologists. Guillain published several significant neurological studies concerning the brain and the spinal column. An authority on the spinal column in particular, he made studies of the cerebrospinal fluid and the marrow of the spinal cord. Guillain and Barré published their description of the Guillain-Barré syndrome in 1916.


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