Definition of kuru in English:



mass nounMedicine
  • A fatal disease of the brain occurring in some peoples in New Guinea and thought to be caused by a virus-like agent such as a prion.

    • ‘Among humans, the disease kuru, found in the south Pacific, was also shown to be transmissible.’
    • ‘It should be noted, however, that kuru and Mad Cow are both caused by prions, rather than by bacteria or viruses.’
    • ‘The incidence of kuru has decreased with the reduction of cannibalism.’
    • ‘First described in 1957, the disease, called kuru, had long caused dementia and death in the natives, but no one had been able to trace its cause.’
    • ‘Oh, I also forgot, that there's a disease which was prevalent among cannibals in New Guinea, called kuru, which works pretty much the same way as the rest of these.’


1950s a local word.