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encephalopathy

[ en-sef-uh-lop-uh-thee ]
/ ɛnˌsɛf əˈlɒp ə θi /
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Definition of encephalopathy

noun Psychiatry.
any brain disease.
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Origin of encephalopathy

First recorded in 1865–70; encephalo- + -pathy
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British Dictionary definitions for encephalopathy

encephalopathy
/ (ɛnˌsɛfəˈlɒpəθɪ) /

noun
any degenerative disease of the brain, often associated with toxic conditionsSee also BSE
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Scientific definitions for encephalopathy

encephalopathy
[ ĕn-sĕf′ə-lŏpə-thē ]

Degeneration of brain function, caused by any of various acquired disorders, including metabolic disease, organ failure, inflammation, and chronic infection.
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