from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A temporary inflammation of the nerves, causing pain, weakness, and paralysis in the extremities and often progressing to the chest and face. It typically occurs after recovery from a viral infection or, in rare cases, following immunization for influenza.
After Georges Guillain (1876-1961) and Jean Alexandre Barré (1880-1967), French neurologists.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)