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Etymology: Gk, paralyein, to be palsied, polios, gray, myelos, marrow, itis, inflammation
a flaccid paralysis of the limbs resulting from damaged lower motor neurons. Progressive bulbar paralysis with respiratory and vasomotor failure may result when the brainstem nuclei are involved.
Poliomyelitis with a variable combination of signs of damage of the central nervous system. These include weakness, incoordination, muscle tenderness and spasms, flaccid paralysis, and disturbance of consciousness. See: postpolio syndrome
See also: poliomyelitis