en·​ceph·​a·​lo·​my·​eli·​tis | \ in-ˌse-fə-lō-ˌmī-ə-ˈlī-təs How to pronounce encephalomyelitis (audio) \
plural encephalomyelitides\ in-​ˌse-​fə-​lō-​ˌmī-​ə-​ˈli-​tə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce encephalomyelitides (audio) \

Definition of encephalomyelitis

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

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Examples of encephalomyelitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alanah Pearce credits video games with helping her through severe effects of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and tendinitis, including dizziness, joint pain, headaches, and nausea. Williesha Morris, Wired, "Gamers Forge Their Own Paths When It Comes to Accessibility," 29 Oct. 2020 This is the defining symptom of myalgic encephalomyelitis, or chronic fatigue syndrome. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "Long-Haulers Are Redefining COVID-19," 19 Aug. 2020 Formally, Ramey has myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and complex regional pain syndrome. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "Thousands Who Got COVID-19 in March Are Still Sick," 4 June 2020 Mikovits claimed in a retracted 2009 study that was published in the academic journal Science that chronic fatigue syndrome, known as myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), was caused by a retrovirus. NBC News, "As '#Plandemic' goes viral, those targeted by discredited scientist's crusade warn of 'dangerous' claims," 7 May 2020 Santa Cruz County resident Michelle Marlow uses hydroxychloroquine to treat a chronic fatigue condition called myalgic encephalomyelitis. J.d. Morris, SFChronicle.com, "Shortage of hydroxychloroquine, unproven coronavirus drug, worries Californians who need it," 17 Apr. 2020 Binchet, a resident of Napa County, has a rare, disabling illness called myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome. Bernard J. Wolfson, latimes.com, "Did your health plan deny you care? You can fight back. Here’s how," 5 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of encephalomyelitis

1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for encephalomyelitis

New Latin

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The first known use of encephalomyelitis was in 1908

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5 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Encephalomyelitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encephalomyelitis. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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en·​ceph·​a·​lo·​my·​eli·​tis | \ in-ˌsef-ə-lō-ˌmī-ə-ˈlīt-əs How to pronounce encephalomyelitis (audio) \
plural encephalomyelitides\ -​ə-​ˈlit-​ə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce encephalomyelitides (audio) \

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Other Words from encephalomyelitis

encephalomyelitic \ -​ə-​ˈlit-​ik How to pronounce encephalomyelitic (audio) \ adjective

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