- a fatal degenerative disease of the central nervous system characterized by progressive lack of coordination and dementia, known only among certain Melanesian peoples, especially the Fore of New Guinea, and caused by a slow virus: now virtually extinct.
Origin of kuru
First recorded in 1955–60; < a dialect of Fore, a language of the Eastern Highlands District
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Kuru—an exceedingly rare condition, Kuru occurred at epidemic proportions among the Fore people of New Guinea in the 1950s.Necrotizing Fasciitis, Blinding Larvae & More Scary Diseases
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The ravine by which I ascended from Kuru was very narrow and rugged.Western Himalaya and Tibet
The cattle of king Virat are carried off by Karna and the Kuru princes.Tales from the Hindu Dramatists
R. N. Dutta
The hostility of the kindred races of Pandu and Kuru forms one of the great circles of Indian fable.Nala and Damayanti and Other Poems
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We desire not to be overwhelmed in certain destruction living in the dominions of the Kuru king.
Surely, destruction will overtake the Kuru race, surely Dhritarashtra will never acquire good fortune.
- a degenerative disease of the nervous system, restricted to certain tribes in New Guinea, marked by loss of muscular control and thought to be caused by a slow virus
C20: from a native name
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- A progressive, fatal spongiform encephalopathy, probably caused by a slow-acting virus, that is endemic to certain peoples of New Guinea and may be transmitted through cannibalism.
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- A rare, progressive, degenerative neurological disease found in certain peoples of New Guinea and associated with cannibalism. It is thought to be caused by a prion and results in a fatal encephalopathy. See Note at prion.
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