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kuru

noun ku·ru \ˈkr-(ˌ)ü\

Definition of KURU

:  a rare progressive fatal prion disease that resembles Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and has occurred among tribespeople in eastern New Guinea who engaged in a form of ritual cannibalism

Origin of KURU

Fore (language of eastern highland Papua New Guinea)
First Known Use: 1957
Medical Dictionary

kuru

noun ku·ru \ˈk(ə)r-(ˌ)ü\

Medical Definition of KURU

:  a rare progressive fatal prion disease that resembles Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and has occurred among tribespeople in eastern New Guinea who engaged in a form of ritual cannibalism—called also laughing death, laughing sickness

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