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Meaning of Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome

Wer'nick•e-Kor'sa•koff syn"drome

Pronunciation: (vâr'ni-ku-kôr'su-kôf", -kof"), [key]
  1. a disorder of the central nervous system characterized by abnormal eye movements, incoordination, confusion, and impaired memory and learning functions, caused by thiamine deficiency, and observed in chronic alcoholism.
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