Meaning of demyelinate in English:


Pronunciation /diːˈmʌɪəlɪneɪt/


[with object]Medicine
  • Cause the loss or destruction of myelin in (nerve tissue)

    ‘multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease that demyelinates the central nervous system’
    • ‘Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory, autoimmune, demyelinating disease of the central nervous system.’
    • ‘About 50% of patients with a first demyelinating episode develop multiple sclerosis; interferon decreases this risk.’
    • ‘Currently, demyelinating diseases are permanent, and problems worsen as time goes on because there is no way to fix the underlying problem - restoring the myelin around the axons of brain cells.’
    • ‘A demyelinating disease is any condition that results in damage to the protective covering (myelin sheath) that surrounds nerves in your brain and spinal cord.’
    • ‘It has already been clearly established that vaccines can lead to demyelinating disorders.’