inflammation of the substance of the brain.
Also called encephali·tis le·thar·gi·ca [li-thahr-ji-kuh] /lɪˈθɑr dʒɪ kə/. a form of this condition, caused by a filterable virus and characterized by apathy and abnormal sleepiness; sleeping sickness.
Origin of encephalitis
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inflammation of the brain
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n. pl. en•ceph•a•lit•i•des (-lĭt′ĭ-dēz)
Inflammation of the brain.cephalitis
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Inflammation of the brain, usually caused by infection with a virus.
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