noun . Pathology inflammation of the substance of the brain. Also called encephali·tis le·thar·gi·ca . [li- thahr-ji-k uh] /lɪˈθɑr dʒɪ kə/ a form of this condition, caused by a filterable virus and characterized by apathy and abnormal sleepiness; sleeping sickness. Related forms en·ceph·a·lit·ic , [en-sef- uh- lit-ik] /ɛnˌsɛf əˈlɪt ɪk/ adjective post·en·ceph·a·lit·ic, adjective pseu·do·en·ceph·a·lit·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for encephalitis Contemporary Examples of encephalitis Historical Examples of encephalitis British Dictionary definitions for encephalitis noun inflammation of the brain Derived Forms encephalitic ( ˌɛnsɛfəˈlɪtɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for encephalitis n.
1843, from medical Latin
encephalon (from Greek enkephalos "brain," literally "within the head," from en "in" + kephale "head;" see cephalo-) + -itis.
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encephalitis [ĕn-sĕf′ə-lī ′tĭs] n. pl. en•ceph•a•lit•i•des ( -lĭt) ′ĭ-dēz Inflammation of the brain. cephalitis Related forms en•ceph′a•lit ( ′ic -lĭt) ′ĭk adj.
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Inflammation of the brain, usually caused by infection with a virus.
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encephalitis [(en-sef-uh- leye-tis)]
inflammation of the brain. Encephalitis may be caused by a virus or lead poisoning, or it may be a complication of another disease, such as influenza or measles. Encephalitis can cause permanent brain damage or death. It is also possible, however, to recover from it completely.
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