from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A rare, usually fatal disease of the brain, characterized by progressive dementia and gradual loss of muscle control, that occurs most often in middle age and is caused by a slow virus. Also called Jakob-Creutzfeldt disease.
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- n. A rare, progressive, currently fatal disease of the nervous system, characterized by dementia and loss of muscle control. A prion disease, apparently transmissible from animals to humans by eating infected tissue, as well as from tissue interchanges among humans (corneal transplants, blood transfusions).
After Hans G. Creutzfeld (1883-1964) and Alfons M. Jakob (1884-1931), German psychiatrists.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Named after Hans Gerhard Creutzfeldt and Alfons Maria Jakob. (Wiktionary)