general paresis


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

Word History

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of general paresis was in 1862

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“General paresis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition

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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