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subacute sclerosing panencephalitis

[ skli-roh-sing -pan-en-sef-uh-lahy-tis, pan- ]
/ sklɪˈroʊ sɪŋ ˈpæn ɛnˌsɛf əˈlaɪ tɪs, ˌpæn- /
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noun Pathology.

a rare infection of the central nervous system caused by the measles virus, occurring in children and adolescents several years after a measles attack and characterized by progressive personality changes, seizures, and muscular incoordination. Abbreviation: SSPE

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Origin of subacute sclerosing panencephalitis

First recorded in 1965–70; scleros(is) + -ing2; pan- + encephalitis
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subacute sclerosing panencephalitis

n.

An often fatal degenerative disease of the central nervous system occurring chiefly in young people, caused by slow infection with a measles virus and characterized by progressive loss of mental and motor functions ending in dementia and paralysis.
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