Origin of polio

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35; shortened form
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Historical Examples of polio

  • Perhaps the polio, light touch of it or not, had hurt her eyesight.

    Moment of Truth

    Basil Eugene Wells

  • Nalúlid siya kay gitakbúyag pulyu, He was crippled after his bout with polio.

  • Nagtakihud siya tungud sa pulyu, He limps because he had polio.

  • Wood up thar, you Polio—hang on to the safety valve—guess she'll crawl off on her paddles.

    The Octoroon

    Dion Boucicault

British Dictionary definitions for polio



short for poliomyelitis
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Word Origin and History for polio

1911, abbreviation of poliomyelitis.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

polio in Medicine




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