Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome

[ vair-ni-kuh-kawr-suh-kawf, -kof ]
/ ˈvɛər nɪ kəˈkɔr səˌkɔf, -ˌkɒf /


a disorder of the central nervous system characterized by abnormal eye movements, incoordination, confusion, and impaired memory and learning functions, caused by thiamine deficiency, and observed in chronic alcoholism.

Origin of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome

1965–70; named after German neurologist Karl Wernicke (1848–1905) and Russian psychiatrist Sergeĭ Sergeevich Korsakov (1854–1900), who independently described it
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Medicine definitions for wernicke-korsakoff syndrome

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome


Wernicke's syndrome and Korsakoff's syndrome occurring together.
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