encephalopathy

noun
en·​ceph·​a·​lop·​a·​thy | \in-ˌse-fə-ˈlä-pə-thē \
plural encephalopathies

Definition of encephalopathy 

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

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Other Words from encephalopathy

encephalopathic \in-​ˌse-​fə-​lə-​ˈpa-​thik \ adjective

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The warrant said the boy suffered from severe medical issues including hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, a defect caused by lack of oxygen and blood flow around the time of birth. Mary Hudetz, The Seattle Times, "Father arrested at NM compound to face court; son missing," 6 Aug. 2018 The warrant said the boy suffered from severe medical issues including hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, a defect caused by lack of oxygen and blood flow around the time of birth. Mary Hudetz, The Seattle Times, "Father arrested at NM compound to face court; son missing," 6 Aug. 2018 The warrant said the boy suffered from severe medical issues including hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, a defect caused by lack of oxygen and blood flow around the time of birth. Fox News, "Father arrested at New Mexico compound due in court; sick son missing," 7 Aug. 2018 On June 16, his life ended due to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, cardiopulmonary arrest, and respiratory failure, the family said. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Declared brain dead almost 5 years ago, Calif. teen's life finally ends in N.J.," 29 June 2018 People can also develop encephalopathy, or subtle cognitive changes. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Ask the expert: With Lyme disease on the rise, here's how you can protect yourself," 3 July 2018 The official cause of death was hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, cardiopulmonary arrest, and respiratory failure, the family said. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Boy on life support at CHOP leaves U.S., arrives in Guatemala for procedure," 25 June 2018 The cause was acute encephalopathy as a result of dementia, said a daughter, Nancy Skinner. Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 24 Feb. 2018 Among his illnesses, Schmitz had a history of encephalopathy — progressive loss of memory and cognitive ability — and was unable to care for himself, according to a medical examiner's report. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man struck, killed after walking away from assisted living group home," 22 Feb. 2018

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1866, in the meaning defined above

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encephalopathy

noun
en·​ceph·​a·​lop·​a·​thy | \in-ˌsef-ə-ˈläp-ə-thē \
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 \ adjective

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