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