or Creutz·feldt-Ja·cob disease
- a rare, usually fatal brain disorder thought to be caused by an infectious prion and characterized by progressive dementia, blindness, and involuntary movements.
Origin of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
1965–70; after German physicians Hans G. Creutzfeldt (1885–1964) and Alfons Jakob (1884–1931)
Also called Jakob-Creutzfeldt disease.
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- pathol a fatal slow-developing disease that affects the central nervous system, characterized by mental deterioration and loss of coordination of the limbs. It is thought to be caused by an abnormal prion protein in the brain
C20: named after Hans G. Creutzfeldt (1885–1964) and Alfons Jakob (1884–1931), German physicians
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- A rare, usually fatal encephalopathy that is likely caused by a prion and is characterized by progressive dementia and gradual loss of muscle control, usually in middle age.Jakob-Creutzfeldt disease
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- A rare, usually fatal encephalopathy that occurs most often in middle age and is likely caused by a prion. It is characterized by progressive dementia and gradual loss of muscle control. The disease is named after its discoverers, German pathologist Hans Gerhard Creutzfeldt (1885-1964) and German neurologist Alfons Maria Jakob (1884-1931).
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