noun Psychiatry.
any brain disease.

1865–70; encephalo- + -pathy

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encephalopathy (ɛnˌsɛfəˈlɒpəθɪ)
See also BSE any degenerative disease of the brain, often associated with toxic conditions

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encephalopathy en·ceph·a·lop·a·thy (ěn-sěf'ə-lŏp'ə-thē)
Any of various diseases of the brain. Also called cephalopathy, cerebropathy.

en·ceph'a·lo·path'ic (-lə-pāth'ĭk) adj.
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encephalopathy   (ěn-sěf'ə-lŏp'ə-thē)  Pronunciation Key 
Degeneration of brain function, caused by any of various acquired disorders, including metabolic disease, organ failure, inflammation, and chronic infection.
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