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Meaning of encephalitis

en•ceph•a•li•tis

Pronunciation: (en-sef"u-lī'tis), [key]
— n. Pathol.
  1. inflammation of the substance of the brain.
  2. Also calleda form of this condition, caused by a filterable virus and characterized by apathy and abnormal sleepiness; sleeping sickness.
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