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Definition of "encephalopathy" []

  • Any of various diseases 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 "encephalopathy" in a sentence
  • "Mad cow disease, known also as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, is a disease that eats holes in the brains of cattle."
  • "Experts ruled out rabies, botulism and bovine spongiform encephalopathy, aka mad cow disease, as causes of the encephalitis that led to the animal's spasm and collapse, Szentiks said."
  • "During the session, Dr. Robert Stern of the Boston University School of Medicine said that the brains of all 12 deceased football players over the age of 25 studied by his group have had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease he likened to what is found in boxers."