infantile paralysis

noun

Definition of infantile paralysis

: polio

Examples of infantile paralysis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When infantile paralysis struck her husband, rendering him first a helpless cripple and then a man who never again would walk without the aid of cane and braces, Mother’s true strength and courage emerged. James Roosevelt, Good Housekeeping, 5 May 2022 Residents battled outbreaks of the Spanish flu, smallpox and infantile paralysis. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, 10 June 2021 In the meantime, more children would be afflicted with polio, with more instances of infantile paralysis, more deaths. Annika Neklason, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Mar. 2021 After his body was recovered by Merritt Coffin, son of Cordie Coffin, it was learned that young Kurm was an infantile paralysis victim and that his death probably was a result of this affliction, rather than that of drowning. Post-Tribune, 9 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of infantile paralysis

1843, in the meaning defined above

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11 May 2022

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“Infantile paralysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infantile%20paralysis. Accessed 24 Jun. 2022.

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infantile paralysis

noun

Medical Definition of infantile paralysis

: polio

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