One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Inflammation of white and grey matter of the brain; diffuse or generalized encephalitis; an instance of this; specifically (in full "subacute sclerosing panencephalitis") a chronic diffuse encephalitis causing progressive neurological deterioration and death, seen as a rare complication of measles virus infection, usually in children.
1950s; earliest use found in Brain: a journal of neurology. From pan- + encephalitis, after German Panencephalitis.
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