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Definition of "encephalitis" []

  • Inflammation of the brain. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "encephalitis" in a sentence
  • "For somebody who develops a severe, debilitating disease, such as encephalitis, which is a swelling and infection of the brain, that usually requires more supportive measures within a hospital."
  • "Although many adults remember chickenpox as a nuisance, sickening children for a week with a fever and itchy rash, the disease can lead to deadly complications, such as pneumonia, a brain inflammation called encephalitis and even infection with flesh-eating bacteria, Seward says."
  • "Three of them apparently had developed encephalitis, which is a swelling of the brain, the most serious complication of West Nile Virus, and the fourth apparently has mild illness."