One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Inflammation of the spinal cord.
- ‘In rare instances, infection results in myelitis (inflammation of the spinal cord) and presents with symptoms such as muscle weakness, paralysis, or changes in body sensation.’
- ‘African Americans were also at higher risk for transverse myelitis, an acute attack in which the spinal cord loses its ability to transmit nerve impulses up and down.’
- ‘Within a coupe of days it became apparent that all was far from well and he was later diagnosed as suffering from the effects of transverse myelitis, a rare condition of the spine.’
- ‘He did pray once, about 20 years ago, when he was struck down with acute transverse myelitis, a polio-like illness, while in Australia.’
- ‘The exact cause of the infection has never been resolved - it may have been transverse myelitis, a viral infection, or bacterial meningitis.’
Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek muelos ‘marrow’ + -itis.
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