encephalomyocarditis

noun
en·​ceph·​a·​lo·​myo·​car·​di·​tis | \ in-ˌse-fə-lō-ˌmī-ə-kär-ˈdī-təs How to pronounce encephalomyocarditis (audio) \

Definition of encephalomyocarditis

: an acute febrile disease especially of swine and some nonhuman primates caused by a picornavirus (species Encephalomyocarditis virus of the genus Cardiovirus) and marked by degeneration and inflammation of skeletal and cardiac muscle and lesions of the central nervous system

First Known Use of encephalomyocarditis

1947, in the meaning defined above

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“Encephalomyocarditis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encephalomyocarditis. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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encephalomyocarditis

noun
en·​ceph·​a·​lo·​myo·​car·​di·​tis | \ -ˌmī-ə-kär-ˈdīt-əs How to pronounce encephalomyocarditis (audio) \

Medical Definition of encephalomyocarditis

: an acute febrile virus disease that affects numerous vertebrates including humans but is of serious clinical significance mostly in swine, that is caused by any of several strains of a picornavirus (genus Cardiovirus), and that in swine is characterized especially by degeneration and inflammation of skeletal and cardiac muscle and lesions of the central nervous system

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