encephalitis lethargica

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encephalitis le·thar·gi·ca

A viral epidemic encephalitis marked by apathy, paralysis of the extrinsic eye muscle, and extreme muscular weakness. It occurred in various parts of the world between 1915 and 1926. Also called sleeping sickness.

[New Latin encephalītis lēthargica : encephalītis, encephalitis + Latin lēthargica, feminine of lēthargicus, sleepy.]

encephalitis lethargica

(Pathology) pathol a technical name for sleeping sickness2
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Noun1.encephalitis lethargica - an encephalitis that was epidemic between 1915 and 1926encephalitis lethargica - an encephalitis that was epidemic between 1915 and 1926; symptoms include paralysis of the extrinsic eye muscle and extreme muscular weakness
cephalitis, encephalitis, phrenitis - 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)
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But the professor adds: ``EL was diagnosed by the Viennese neurologist, Baron Constantin von Economo , towards the end of the war at about the same time as the flu was beginning.