kuru

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noun ku·ru \ˈku̇r-(ˌ)ü\

Definition of kuru

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of kuru

Fore (language of eastern highland Papua New Guinea)


First Known Use: 1957


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kuru

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noun ku·ru \ˈku̇(ə)r-(ˌ)ü\

Medical Definition of kuru

  1. :  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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