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poliomyelitis

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noun po·lio·my·eli·tis \ˌpō-lē-(ˌ)ō-ˌmī-ə-ˈlīt-əs\

Medical Definition of poliomyelitis

plural po·lio·my·elit·i·des \-ˈlit-ə-ˌdēz\play

  1. :  an acute infectious virus disease caused by the poliovirus, characterized by fever, motor paralysis, and atrophy of skeletal muscles often with permanent disability and deformity, and marked by inflammation of nerve cells in the ventral horns of the spinal cord—called also infantile paralysis, polio

  2. po·lio·my·elit·ic \-ˈlit-ik\ adjective





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