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

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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 Primary amebic meningoencephalitis, the disease caused by the amoeba, is almost always fatal, according to the CDC. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "What to Know About Brain-Eating Amoebas," 14 June 2018 An autopsy found the cause of death was advanced granulomatous meningoencephalitis, a form of meningitis that Dempsey said was caused by the Candida Albicans fungus. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Lawsuit: Prison did nothing as fungus ruined inmate's brain," 20 Oct. 2017 An autopsy determined the cause of death to be advanced granulomatous meningoencephalitis, a form of meningitis that Dempsey said was caused by the Candida Albicans fungus. Andy Marso, kansascity, "Fungus destroyed inmate’s brain while Kansas prison contractor did nothing, suit says," 17 Oct. 2017 Amebic meningitis: Primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) is a really rare form of parasitic meningitis that causes a brain infection that is usually deadly. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Things You Probably Never Knew About Meningitis," 27 July 2017 Not after IndyStar Call for Action got involved Abel, 30, of Loogootee, is believed to be the only person in Indiana to die from PAM, or primary amebic meningoencephalitis. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "Who's to blame for lake's brain-eating amoeba? Appeals court wades into negligence lawsuit," 22 June 2017

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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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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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