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poliomyelitis

  

      n   an acute infectious viral disease, esp. affecting children. In its paralytic form (acute anterior poliomyelitis) the brain and spinal cord are involved, causing weakness, paralysis, and wasting of muscle,   (Often shortened to)    polio     (Also called)    infantile paralysis  
     (C19: New Latin, from Greek polios grey + muelos marrow)  
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