Origin of polio
An Americanism dating back to 1930–35; shortened form
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Examples from the Web for polio
Last year, a polio outbreak in Deir ez-Zor raised concerns throughout the region about the spread of an epidemic.U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS
October 20, 2014
Then Cutter Laboratories in Berkeley, California, made a bad batch of vaccine, and 40,000 children were sickened with polio.How Presidents Handle Pandemics
October 16, 2014
Fifty-eight children took part in a trial into polio and diptheria vaccines in December 1960.Irish Care Home Scandal Grows As Children Revealed To Be Used As Vaccine Guinea Pigs
June 10, 2014
Either way, part of the tragedy and poignancy of polio is its preferential spread to babies and toddlers.Who’s to Blame for Global Polio Emergency?
May 6, 2014
What about Ebola (in Africa), polio (in the Middle East), and measles (in the U.S./U.K)?Following Tuberculosis From Death Sentence to Cure
April 16, 2014
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
- short for poliomyelitis
Word Origin and History for polio
1911, abbreviation of poliomyelitis.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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