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 (pŏl′ē-no͝o-rī′tĭs, -nyo͝o-)
Inflammation of several nerves at one time, marked by paralysis, pain, and muscle wasting. Also called multiple neuritis.

pol′y·neu·rit′ic (-rĭt′ĭk) adj.


(Pathology) inflammation of many nerves at the same time


(ˌpɒl i nʊˈraɪ tɪs, -nyʊ-)

an inflammation or inflammatory disease of peripheral nerves.


neuritis that affects several or many nerves.
See also: Nerves
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.polyneuritis - inflammation of many or all of the peripheral nerves (as in leprosy)
neuritis - inflammation of a nerve accompanied by pain and sometimes loss of function
Guillain-Barre syndrome, infectious polyneuritis, Landry's paralysis - a form of peripheral polyneuritis characterized by pain and weakness and sometimes paralysis of the limbs; cause is unknown
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Wade (7) in an Editorial in 1952 mentioned the recognition of polyneuritic leprosy by the International Symposium on Leprosy.
Four new cases of paucibacillary leprosy, two indeterminate and two primary polyneuritic cases were found.
in 1994 (2) reported on seven patients (three males, four females) with polyneuritic leprosy who manifested with severe proprioceptive loss in the upper and lower limbs; resulting in severe sensory ataxia.