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 Dictionary entry overview: What does encephalopathy mean? 

  The noun ENCEPHALOPATHY has 1 sense:

1. any disorder or disease of the brain

  Familiarity information: ENCEPHALOPATHY used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1encephalopathy [BACK TO TOP]


Any disorder or disease of the brain

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Nouns denoting stable states of affairs


brain disease; brain disorder; encephalopathy

Hypernyms ("encephalopathy" is a kind of...):

nervous disorder; neurological disease; neurological disorder (a disorder of the nervous system)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "encephalopathy"):

epilepsy (a disorder of the central nervous system characterized by loss of consciousness and convulsions)

CJD; Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease; Jakob-Creutzfeldt disease (rare (usually fatal) brain disease (usually in middle age) caused by an unidentified slow virus; characterized by progressive dementia and gradual loss of muscle control)

agnosia (inability to recognize objects by use of the senses)

aphasia (inability to use or understand language (spoken or written) because of a brain lesion)

acataphasia (a disorder in which a lesion to the central nervous system leaves you unable to formulate a statement or to express yourself in an organized manner)

agraphia; anorthography; logagraphia (a loss of the ability to write or to express thoughts in writing because of a brain lesion)

cerebral palsy; spastic paralysis (a loss or deficiency of motor control with involuntary spasms caused by permanent brain damage present at birth)

paralysis agitans; Parkinson's; Parkinson's disease; Parkinson's syndrome; Parkinsonism; shaking palsy (a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system characterized by tremor and impaired muscular coordination)

apraxia (inability to make purposeful movements)

Wernicke's encephalopathy (inflammatory degenerative disease of the brain caused by thiamine deficiency that is usually associated with alcoholism)

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