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

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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 The most frequent manifestations were muscle pain, headaches, encephalopathy and dizziness. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Wednesday, October 7," 7 Oct. 2020 Boehme has Hashimoto's encephalopathy, a rare disorder affecting the brain, which began at age 16. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Their lives are in other people's hands: Young people with immune conditions fear coronavirus," 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, "Some Coronavirus Patients Show Signs of Brain Ailments," 1 Apr. 2020 Turner later told news reporters her daughter had autism and a neurogastrointestinal encephalopathy, a rare disorder impacting organ functionality. BostonGlobe.com, "A call to Turner’s lawyer, Ara K. Ohanian, was not immediately returned on Tuesday.," 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, "Iowa girl regains eyesight after losing vision to flu," 8 Mar. 2020 The cause was encephalopathy, said a friend and professional colleague, Elizabeth Edmonds. Washington Post, "Community deaths," 4 Mar. 2020 Eastern equine encephalopathy, a deadly virus that has sickened dozens of Americans in an unusually active outbreak, is spread to humans by what animal? CNN, "CNN 10 - October 11, 2019," 10 Oct. 2019 Doctors determined Jade was experiencing a complication from the flu known as encephalopathy, a brain dysfunction that can cause permanent structural changes in the brain according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "4-Year-Old Iowa Girl Blinded After Contracting the Flu," 14 Jan. 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 16 Jan. 2021.

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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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