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subacute sclerosing panencephalitis

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noun subacute sclerosing pan·en·ceph·a·li·tis \-ˌpan-in-ˌse-fə-ˈlī-təs\

Definition of subacute sclerosing panencephalitis

  1. :  a usually fatal neurological disease of children and young adults caused by infection of the brain by a previously latent measles virus that is marked especially by intellectual deterioration, behavioral changes, myoclonic seizures, progressive deterioration of motor and mental functioning, and coma



Origin of subacute sclerosing panencephalitis

panencephalitis from New Latin, from pan- + encephalitis


First Known Use: 1950


Medical Dictionary

subacute sclerosing panencephalitis

noun subacute sclerosing pan·en·ceph·a·li·tis

Medical Definition of subacute sclerosing panencephalitis

  1. :  a usually fatal neurological disease of children and young adults that is caused by infection of the brain by a previously latent morbillivirus causing measles and that is marked especially by behavioral changes, myoclonic seizures, progressive deterioration of motor and mental functioning, and coma—abbreviation SSPE




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