- an acute inflammation of the meninges of the brain and spinal cord, caused by a specific organism, accompanied by fever and occasionally red spots on the skin.
Origin of cerebrospinal meningitis
First recorded in 1885–90
Also called brain fever, cerebrospinal fever.
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- an acute infectious form of meningitis caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis, characterized by high fever, skin rash, delirium, stupor, and sometimes comaAlso called: epidemic meningitis
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