po·​lio·​my·​eli·​tis | \ ˌpō-lē-(ˌ)ō-ˌmī-ə-ˈlī-təs How to pronounce poliomyelitis (audio) \

Definition of poliomyelitis

: polio

Examples of poliomyelitis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The organization set a goal of vaccinating all children against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, measles, poliomyelitis, and tuberculosis. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, "How is the World Health Organization fighting COVID-19, and why is Trump threatening to defund it?," 17 May 2020 The practice of treating those sick with a disease with plasma from those who've recovered from the same disease, goes back more than a century and has been used to stem outbreaks of poliomyelitis, measles, mumps and influenza. Mark Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Data on first 5,000 coronavirus patients to receive plasma shows promise," 15 May 2020 Between diphtheria in 1946 and COVID-19 in 2020, there was one more significant disease outbreak in Anchorage, an especially virulent poliomyelitis, or polio, outbreak in 1954. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "Scarlet fever, diptheria, polio: How the 1918-19 influenza pandemic shaped the way Alaskans faced other outbreaks," 11 May 2020 The technique of using plasma from people who have recovered from a disease to treat others with the same disease goes back more than a century and has been successful in stemming outbreaks of poliomyelitis, measles, mumps and influenza. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "'Someone’s life could depend on it': Two congressmen donate plasma after COVID-19 recovery," 30 Apr. 2020 After several weeks of confusion about the safety of the new poliomyelitis vaccine, mass tests got underway last month. Scientific American, "Paranoid Gossip about Polio Vaccine," 13 Apr. 2020 The technique has been used to stifle numerous outbreaks of viral diseases such as poliomyelitis, measles, mumps and influenza. Gina Barton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Businesses close, unemployment rises as Evers' stay-at-home order comes with a dire warning," 24 Mar. 2020 There isn't an iota of doubt that vaccines are an overwhelmingly safe and effective way to prevent measles and other diseases, including mumps, rubella, poliomyelitis and pertussis. The Editors, Scientific American, "The U.S. Should Tighten Vaccination Mandates," 17 Oct. 2019 Your son needs some attention to repair the damage caused by the poliomyelitis. Adam O’fallon Price, Harper's magazine, "The Maid’s Story," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of poliomyelitis

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poliomyelitis

borrowed from New Latin (in German context), from Greek poliós "pale gray (as of human hair), grizzled" + -o- -o- + myelós "marrow" (alluding to the gray matter of the ventral horns of the spinal chord, which the disease affects) + New Latin -itis -itis — more at fallow entry 1, myelo-

Note: The word was apparently introduced by the German physician Adolf Kussmaul (1822-1902), in a publication by his assistant, Anton Frey, "Aus der Klinik des Herrn Geh. Rath Prof. Kussmaul in Freiburg i. B. Ein Fall von subacuter Lähmung Erwachsener—wahrscheinlich Poliomyelitis anterior subacuta," Berliner klinische Wochenschrift, 11. Jahrgang, No. 45 (9 November 1874), pp. 566-68. Compare earlier New Latin myelitis myelitis.

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po·​lio·​my·​eli·​tis | \ ˌpō-lē-ˌō-ˌmī-ə-ˈlī-təs How to pronounce poliomyelitis (audio) \

Kids Definition of poliomyelitis

: polio


po·​lio·​my·​eli·​tis | \ ˌpō-lē-(ˌ)ō-ˌmī-ə-ˈlīt-əs How to pronounce poliomyelitis (audio) \
plural poliomyelitides\ -​ˈlit-​ə-​ˌdēz How to pronounce poliomyelitis (audio) \

Medical Definition of poliomyelitis

: polio

Other Words from poliomyelitis

poliomyelitic \ -​ˈlit-​ik \ adjective

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