: a disease especially of sheep caused by the larva of a tapeworm (Multiceps multiceps) in the brain

Word History


back-formation from giddy

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gid was in 1601

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Cite this Entry

“Gid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gid. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition


: a disease especially of sheep that is caused by the presence in the brain of the coenurus of a tapeworm of the genus Taenia (T. multiceps) of the dog and related carnivores and is characterized by cerebral disturbances, dilated pupils, dizziness and circling movements, emaciation, and usually death

called also sturdy, turn-sick

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