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kuru

[koo r-oo] /ˈkʊər u/
noun, Pathology
1.
a fatal degenerative disease of the central nervous system characterized by progressive lack of coordination and dementia, known only among certain Melanesian peoples, especially the Fore of New Guinea, and caused by a slow virus: now virtually extinct.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; < a dialect of Fore, a language of the Eastern Highlands District
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British Dictionary definitions for kuru

kuru

/ˈkʊruː/
noun
1.
a degenerative disease of the nervous system, restricted to certain tribes in New Guinea, marked by loss of muscular control and thought to be caused by a slow virus
Word Origin
C20: from a native name
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kuru in Medicine

kuru ku·ru (kur'ōō)
n.
A progressive, fatal spongiform encephalopathy, probably caused by a slow-acting virus, that is endemic to certain peoples of New Guinea and may be transmitted through cannibalism.

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kuru in Science
kuru
  (kr')   
A rare, progressive, degenerative neurological disease found in certain peoples of New Guinea and associated with cannibalism. It is thought to be caused by a prion and results in a fatal encephalopathy. See Note at prion.
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Encyclopedia Article for kuru

infectious, fatal degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that occurs primarily among the Fore people of Papua New Guinea.

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