subacute sclerosing panencephalitis: Meaning and Definition of

sub'acute scle•ros'ing pan'en•ceph•a•li'tis

Pronunciation: (skli-rō'sing pan'en-sef"u-lī'tis, pan"-), [key]
— Pathol. Pathol.
  1. a rare infection of the central nervous system caused by the measles virus, occurring in children and adolescents several years after a measles attack and characterized by progressive personality changes, seizures, and muscular incoordination. Abbr.: SSPE
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.