en·ceph·a·lo·my·eli·tis | \in-ˌse-fə-lō-ˌmī-ə-ˈlī-təs \
plural encephalomyelitides\in-ˌse-fə-lō-ˌmī-ə-ˈli-tə-ˌdēz \

Definition of encephalomyelitis 

: concurrent inflammation of the brain and spinal cord especially : equine encephalitis

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Lyme disease had exacerbated my existing case of myalgic encephalomyelitis, an inflammatory multisystem disease that can leave patients unable to speak or eat for years at a time. New York Times, "Love Means Never Having to Say … Anything," 25 May 2018 Above: Nancy and Richard Lamb travel a path in Snoqualmie, Wash. Richard has myalgic encephalomyelitis, a disease that limits his energy. Tauhid Chappell, Washington Post, "For some receiving disability benefits, the desire to work will never cease," 10 Jan. 2018 Jennifer Brea self-directed a documentary, now streaming on the service, from hers, offering up a stunning glimpse of life with myalgic encephalomyelitis, the mysterious illness better known as ME, or chronic fatigue syndrome. Vogue, "This New Documentary on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a Must-See—and Not for the Reason You Think," 17 Jan. 2018 Brea was eventually diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), more commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) in the United States. Maya Dusenbery, Cosmopolitan, "Millions of Women Suffer From a Disease That Virtually Sucks the Life Out of Them — But Doctors Still Don’t Take It Seriously," 4 Oct. 2017 For director Jennifer Brea, filmmaking becomes an extraordinary act of asserting her own humanity in the face of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Katie Walsh, latimes.com, "Filmmaker documents crippling autoimmune disease in stirring 'Unrest'," 28 Sep. 2017 That’s partially because there are no tests to determine whether a person has CFS (also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis or ME/CFS) and because symptoms can vary widely from person to person. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "Doctors Are One Step Closer to a Lab Test for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome," 1 Aug. 2017

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1908, in the meaning defined above

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en·ceph·a·lo·my·eli·tis | \in-ˌsef-ə-lō-ˌmī-ə-ˈlīt-əs \
plural encephalomyelitides\-ə-ˈlit-ə-ˌdēz \

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Other Words from encephalomyelitis

encephalomyelitic \-ə-ˈlit-ik \ adjective

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