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

Definition of poliomyelitis 

: polio

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The world’s first countywide inoculation against poliomyelitis was carried out in San Diego County. sandiegouniontribune.com, "April 17, 1955: S.D. MAKES WORLD POLIO HISTORY," 17 Apr. 2018 In living memory and on every continent, the poliomyelitis virus ravaged lives. Thomas Levenson, BostonGlobe.com, "The world defeated smallpox. Why does polio still exist?," 9 Mar. 2018 One day before Sawyer’s death, on 24 July, the worried parents of a 16-month-old toddler in Kano state had discovered their child was suffering from the symptoms of a disease had supposedly been largely wiped out of existence – poliomyelitis. Karen Bartlett, Newsweek, "Eradicating the Last 1% of Polio Is Deadly but Essential," 28 Nov. 2014

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First Known Use of poliomyelitis

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poliomyelitis

New Latin, from Greek polios gray + myelos marrow — more at fallow, myel-

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po·​lio·​my·​eli·​tis | \ˌpō-lē-ˌō-ˌmī-ə-ˈlī-təs \

Kids Definition of poliomyelitis

: polio


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

Medical Definition of poliomyelitis 

: polio

Other Words from poliomyelitis

poliomyelitic \-​ˈlit-​ik \ adjective

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