me·​nin·​go·​en·​ceph·​a·​li·​tis | \ mə-ˌniŋ-gō-ən-ˌse-fə-ˈlī-təs How to pronounce meningoencephalitis (audio) , -jō- \
plural meningoencephalitides\ mə-​ˌniŋ-​gō-​ən-​ˌse-​fə-​ˈli-​tə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce meningoencephalitides (audio) , -​jō-​ \

Definition of meningoencephalitis

: inflammation of the brain and meninges

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meningoencephalitic \ mə-​ˌniŋ-​gō-​ən-​ˌse-​fə-​ˈli-​tik How to pronounce meningoencephalitic (audio) , -​jō-​ \ adjective

Examples of meningoencephalitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hanson was taken by ambulance that day to Providence Portland Medical Center, where she was admitted to the intensive care unit and diagnosed with meningococcal disease, including meningoencephalitis. oregonlive, "Woman files $3M lawsuit against medical providers, claims meningococcal diagnosis was delayed," 10 Dec. 2019 Some families are keeping children indoors to play due to the danger of infection from the snails, which can transmit a potentially severe brain infection called meningoencephalitis and an abdominal disease known as angiostrongiliasis. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cuba battles plague of giant snails," 30 Sep. 2019 CBS News has previously reported on deaths caused by Naegleria fowleri, which can lead to a condition called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM). Brian Pascus, CBS News, "10-year-old Texas girl dies from brain-eating amoeba after swimming in the Brazos River," 16 Sep. 2019 However cases involving the fatal illness produced by Naegleria fowleri, known as amoebic meningoencephalitis, are very rare, the article showed. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "10-year-old girl dies after contracting brain-eating amoeba while swimming: report," 16 Sep. 2019 He was later diagnosed with primary amebic meningoencephalitis, an illness caused by Naegleria fowleri, an amoeba found in warm freshwater during the summer. Leada Gore |, al, "Man dies after contracting brain-eating amoeba after water park visit," 26 July 2019 The condition is referred to as PAM, primary amebic meningoencephalitis. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Brain-eating amoeba kills again—here’s how it kills and how to avoid it," 26 July 2019 At least three cubs were suffering from a neurological condition called meningoencephalitis, an inflammation of the brain, that left them unable to walk. Rachel Fobar, National Geographic, "More than 100 neglected lions found in a South African breeding facility," 8 May 2019 The infection caused eosinophilic meningoencephalitis, a rare kind of meningitis. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "How Parasites Can Lie Dormant for Years Before Killing You," 6 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of meningoencephalitis

1849, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for meningoencephalitis

New Latin

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25 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Meningoencephalitis.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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me·​nin·​go·​en·​ceph·​a·​li·​tis | \ -ən-ˌsef-ə-ˈlīt-əs How to pronounce meningoencephalitis (audio) \
plural meningoencephalitides\ -​ˈlit-​ə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce meningoencephalitides (audio) \

Medical Definition of meningoencephalitis

: inflammation of the brain and meninges

called also encephalomeningitis

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