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

  • n. A highly infectious viral disease that chiefly affects children and, in its acute forms, causes inflammation of motor neurons of the spinal cord and brainstem, leading to paralysis, muscular atrophy, and often deformity. Through vaccination, the disease is preventable. Also called infantile paralysis.

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  • n. Acute infection by the poliovirus, especially of the motor neurons in the spinal cord and brainstem, leading to muscle weakness, paralysis and sometimes deformity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Inflammation of the gray matter of the spinal cord.

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

  • n. an acute viral disease marked by inflammation of nerve cells of the brain stem and spinal cord


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

New Latin : Greek polios, gray; see pel-1 in Indo-European roots + myelitis.


  • The name poliomyelitis derives from the Greek words

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  • For that reason, any damage to the fibers, either through mechanical injury or as a result of a disease such as poliomyelitis, can result in paralysis.

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  • Though Dr. Kittell acknowledged that forty polio cases was more than twice as many as normally reported this early in the polio season, he wanted it clearly understood that the city of 429,000 was by no means suffering from what could be characterized as an epidemic of poliomyelitis.


  • Some diseases such as smallpox has been completely eliminated, and bubonic plague virtually eliminated, while malaria, poliomyelitis (polio) and measles have been eliminated or eradicated in large parts of the world, and are well on the way to be eliminated from much of the world.

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