general paresis


Definition of general paresis

: syphilis of the central nervous system that is characterized by memory loss, muscle weakness, progressive dementia, seizures, and paralysis

First Known Use of general paresis

1862, in the meaning defined above

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“General paresis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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Medical Definition of general paresis

: neurosyphilis that is marked by chronic inflammation of the brain and meninges and is characterized by memory loss, muscle weakness, personality changes, progressive dementia, seizures, and generalized paralysis

called also dementia paralytica


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