7 Essential Words of Fall
encephalitis en·ceph·a·li·tis (ěn-sěf'ə-lī'tĭs)
n. pl. en·ceph·a·lit·i·des (-lĭt'ĭ-dēz)
Inflammation of the brain. Also called cephalitis.
encephalitis lethargica encephalitis le·thar·gi·ca (lə-thär'jĭ-kə)
A viral epidemic encephalitis characterized by apathy, paralysis of an eye muscle, and extreme muscular weakness. Also called sleeping sickness, von Economo's disease.
An inflammation of the brain. Encephalitis may be caused by a virus or lead poisoning, or it may be a complication of another disease, such as influenza or measles. Encephalitis can cause permanent brain damage or death. It is also possible, however, to recover from it completely.