en·​ceph·​a·​lop·​a·​thy | \ in-ˌse-fə-ˈlä-pə-thē How to pronounce encephalopathy (audio) \
plural encephalopathies

Definition of encephalopathy

: a disease of the brain especially : one involving alterations of brain structure

Other Words from encephalopathy

encephalopathic \ in-​ˌse-​fə-​lə-​ˈpa-​thik How to pronounce encephalopathy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of encephalopathy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was diagnosed eight years ago with cardiomyopathy and has suffered medical setbacks including heart failure and acute Wernicke's encephalopathy, which impacts motor functions such as his speech and memory. Jolie Lash, EW.com, 12 Oct. 2021 He was diagnosed with post-traumatic encephalopathy, a brain injury that damaged his motor control center. oregonlive, 3 June 2021 The most frequent manifestations were muscle pain, headaches, encephalopathy and dizziness. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, 7 Oct. 2020 Boehme has Hashimoto's encephalopathy, a rare disorder affecting the brain, which began at age 16. Ryan Prior, CNN, 21 Aug. 2020 The patients who come in with encephalopathy are confused and lethargic and may appear dazed, exhibiting strange behavior or staring off into space. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, 1 Apr. 2020 Turner later told news reporters her daughter had autism and a neurogastrointestinal encephalopathy, a rare disorder impacting organ functionality. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Oct. 2019 Since Jade was diagnosed in the hospital with acute necrotizing encephalopathy, or ANE, a rare disease that was brought on by the flu, the family is waiting on test results to find out if Jade has a genetic disposition to ANE. Theresa Waldrop, CNN, 8 Mar. 2020 The cause was encephalopathy, said a friend and professional colleague, Elizabeth Edmonds. Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of encephalopathy

1866, in the meaning defined above

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“Encephalopathy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/encephalopathy. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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en·​ceph·​a·​lop·​a·​thy | \ in-ˌsef-ə-ˈläp-ə-thē How to pronounce encephalopathy (audio) \
plural encephalopathies

Medical Definition of encephalopathy

: a disease of the brain especially : one involving alterations of brain structure

Other Words from encephalopathy

encephalopathic \ -​lə-​ˈpath-​ik How to pronounce encephalopathy (audio) \ adjective

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Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about encephalopathy


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