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[poh-lee-oh] /ˈpoʊ liˌoʊ/
1930-35, Americanism; shortened form Unabridged
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  • They were essential to developing the polio vaccine.
  • They gave him stories from history and also solace during his long recovery from polio.
  • Still, polio scientists are eager to get a better picture of who these long-term shedders are.
  • The tantalizing dream of eradicating polio will have to be put off yet again.
  • For inspiration one need look no further than the current campaign against polio.
  • For another forty years polio would remain a substantial threat to public health.
  • Politics slow polio's eradication--and cause it to spread.
  • Lets not forget about the polio warning that the old vaccines are probably no longer effective due to several mutations.
  • Another popular theory has it that the virus was an unfortunate side effect of polio vaccine testing.
  • Nobody wants polio, so you're not trying to override the vaccine.
British Dictionary definitions for polio


short for poliomyelitis
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for polio

1911, abbreviation of poliomyelitis.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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polio in Medicine

polio po·li·o (pō'lē-ō')

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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