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 encephalomyelitis (audio) \

Definition of encephalomyelitis

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

Examples of encephalomyelitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web She was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome, after collapsing on a London Underground platform in 1992. New York Times, 16 Nov. 2021 But medications for symptoms, pacing of exercise and physical therapy can be helpful for both myalgic encephalomyelitis and long COVID-19. Allison Navis, The Conversation, 16 Aug. 2021 Beth, from London – who is using a pseudonym for this story to protect her privacy – is 24 and has suffered from myalgic encephalomyelitis (also known as ME or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)) for 10 years. Lucia Osborne-crowley, refinery29.com, 15 Aug. 2021 Not everyone who has long-lasting multi-system effects months after COVID end up with chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS). Joe Carlson, Star Tribune, 4 Apr. 2021 But when his son Whitney Dafoe, then in his 20s, came down with myalgic encephalomyelitis -- better known as chronic fatigue syndrome -- he was left bedbound, unable to speak, and unable to eat solid food. Ryan Prior, CNN, 12 Mar. 2021 This effect is seen in a condition known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, sometimes called chronic fatigue syndrome. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, 21 Dec. 2020 Soon after, she was diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, or ME/CFS, a debilitating illness that can be triggered by viral infections. David Tuller California Healthline, Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2021 Some long-haulers have been diagnosed with chronic illnesses such as myalgic encephalomyelitis and dysautonomia but few specialists study or understand these conditions. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 29 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of encephalomyelitis

1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for encephalomyelitis

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“Encephalomyelitis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encephalomyelitis. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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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 encephalomyelitis (audio) \

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

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