post-polio syndrome

noun
post-po·​lio syndrome | \ ˌpōs(t)-ˈpō-lē-ˌō- How to pronounce post-polio syndrome (audio) \
variants: or less commonly postpolio syndrome

Definition of post-polio syndrome

: a condition that affects former polio patients long after recovery from the disease and that is characterized by muscle weakness, joint and muscle pain, and fatigue The signs and symptoms of post-polio syndrome can include the onset of new muscle weakness in either affected or unaffected limbs.— J. Keith Festa The development of postpolio syndrome appears to be time-related, occurring between 25 and 40 years after recovery from the initial bout of infection.— Marny K. Eulberg et al.

Examples of post-polio syndrome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her daughter, Amy Emerman, said the cause was pneumonia and noted that Ms. Emerman, who contracted polio at the age of 7 in 1944 and had used a wheelchair for the rest of her life, had been struggling with complications of post-polio syndrome. New York Times, 22 Dec. 2021 Decades later, with post-polio syndrome, her left side started weakening, too. Luke Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Sep. 2021 Thousands died, others were hospitalized and some left permanently paralyzed or with post-polio syndrome. Lisa Mascaro, Cincinnati.com, 10 Apr. 2020 Thousands died, others were hospitalized and some left permanently paralyzed or with post-polio syndrome. Lisa Mascaro, The Courier-Journal, 10 Apr. 2020 This group is open to those dealing with post-polio syndrome, or anyone who is dealing with pain who want to learn from informative guest speakers. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of post-polio syndrome

1983, in the meaning defined above

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“Post-polio syndrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/post-polio%20syndrome. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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post-polio syndrome

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Medical Definition of post-polio syndrome

: a condition that affects former polio patients long after recovery from the disease and that is characterized by muscle weakness, joint and muscle pain, and fatigue

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