from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Inflammation of the meninges of the brain and the spinal cord, most often caused by a bacterial or viral infection and characterized by fever, vomiting, intense headache, and stiff neck.

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  • n. Inflammation of the meninges, characterized by headache, neck stiffness and photophobia and also fever, chills, vomiting and myalgia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Inflammation of the membranes of the brain or spinal cord.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Inflammation of the membranes of the brain or spinal cord.
  • n. See forage-poisoning.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. infectious disease characterized by inflammation of the meninges (the tissues that surround the brain or spinal cord) usually caused by a bacterial infection; symptoms include headache and stiff neck and fever and nausea


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