Meaning of cephalitis

cephalitis




Definitions of cephalitis
  1. noun

    inflammation of the brain usually caused by a virus; symptoms include headache and neck pain and drowsiness and nausea and fever (`phrenitis’ is no longer in scientific use)

    synonyms:

    encephalitis, phrenitis

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    acute hemorrhagic encephalitis

    encephalitis that resembles apoplexy due to blood extravasation
    equine encephalitis, equine encephalomyelitis

    encephalitis caused by a virus that is transmitted by a mosquito from an infected horse
    acute inclusion body encephalitis, herpes encephalitis, herpes simplex encephalitis

    common form of acute encephalitis caused by herpes simplex 1; usually affects the temporal and frontal lobes
    leukoencephalitis

    inflammation of the white matter of the brain
    cerebromeningitis, encephalomeningitis, meningoencephalitis

    inflammation of the brain and spinal cord and their meninges
    panencephalitis

    diffuse inflammation of the entire brain
    encephalitis lethargica, epidemic encephalitis, lethargic encephalitis, sleeping sickness, sleepy sickness

    an encephalitis that was epidemic between 1915 and 1926; symptoms include paralysis of the extrinsic eye muscle and extreme muscular weakness
    West Nile encephalitis

    encephalitis caused by the West Nile virus; can be fatal in humans and horses and birds
    Bosin’s disease, Dawson’s encephalitis, SSPE, Van Bogaert encephalitis, inclusion body encephalitis, sclerosing leukoencephalitis, subacute inclusion body encephalitis, subacute sclerosing leukoencephalitis, subacute sclerosing panencephalitis

    a rare chronic progressive encephalitis caused by the measles virus and occurring primarily in children and young adults; death usually occurs within three years; characterized by primary measles infection before the age of two years
    rubella panencephalitis

    a rare loss of mental and physical skills in adolescents; associated with the rubella virus
    type of:

    inflammation, redness, rubor

    a response of body tissues to injury or irritation; characterized by pain and swelling and redness and heat

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