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Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease Creutz·feldt-Jakob disease (kroits'fělt-)
A rare, usually fatal viral disease of the brain, characterized by progressive dementia and gradual loss of muscle control, that occurs most often in middle age. Also called Jakob-Creutzfeldt disease.
|Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease |
A rare, usually fatal encephalopathy that occurs most often in middle age and is likely caused by a prion. It is characterized by progressive dementia and gradual loss of muscle control. The disease is named after its discoverers, German pathologist Hans Gerhard Creutzfeldt (1885-1964) and German neurologist Alfons Maria Jakob (1884-1931).