kuru

noun
ku·​ru | \ˈku̇r-(ˌ)ü \

Definition of kuru 

: a rare progressive fatal prion disease that resembles Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and has occurred among tribespeople in eastern New Guinea who engaged in a form of ritual cannibalism

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At least, with kuru, the cannibalism comes at the beginning. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Donald Trump Was the Inevitable Result of Republicanism," 25 Jan. 2018 When Prusiner started work on them, it had been established that Creutzfeldt-Jakob, kuru and a sheep disease called scrapie could be transmitted by infected brains, but nobody knew what caused it. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "More Than 30 Years Since Their Discovery, Prions Still Fascinate, Terrify and Mystify Us," 6 Oct. 2017 But there are other infectious forms: scrapie in sheep, kuru and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. Michael Nedelman, CNN, "A 'family curse': First insomnia, then death," 19 Sep. 2017 The disease predominantly struck women and children, who customarily handled the brains and organs of dead kuru victims during Fore funerals. Special To The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "When a genetic test can mean life or death," 6 Apr. 2017 These mysterious misfolded proteins are thought to cause kuru, scrapie, and mad cow disease, as well as the fatal insomnia referred to in the title. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Reviews," 1 Oct. 2006 In the 1950s, D. Carleton Gajdusek, an American research scientist, traveled to Papua New Guinea to study a disease called kuru that infected as many as 2,500 natives in the highlands. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In tracking a lethal family of diseases that threatens humans and animals, scientists have become the hunters," 6 July 2017

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First Known Use of kuru

1957, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kuru

Fore (language of eastern highland Papua New Guinea)

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kuru

noun
ku·​ru | \ˈku̇(ə)r-(ˌ)ü \

Medical Definition of kuru 

: a rare progressive fatal prion disease that resembles Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and has occurred among tribespeople in eastern New Guinea who engaged in a form of ritual cannibalism

called also laughing death, laughing sickness

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