Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome

Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome

[vair-ni-kuh-kawr-suh-kawf, -kof]
noun
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.

Origin:
1965–70; named after German neurologist Karl Wernicke (1848–1905) and Russian psychiatrist Sergeĭ Sergeevich Korsakov (1854–1900), who independently described it

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Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome n.
Wernicke's syndrome and Korsakoff's syndrome occurring together.

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