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po·li·o·my·e·li·tis

poliomyelitis

 
pronunciation:
po li o maI laI tihs
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part of speech: noun
definition: a disease caused by a virus that attacks the spinal cord and damages the nervous system. Poliomyelitis affects mainly children and can lead to paralysis or deformed limbs. Jonas Salk invented a vaccine that prevents poliomyelitis.
derivation: poliomyeletic (adj.)
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