Definition of poliomyelitis in English:


Pronunciation /ˌpōlēōˌmīəˈlīdəs/ /ˌpoʊlioʊˌmaɪəˈlaɪdəs/

Translate poliomyelitis into Spanish


  • An infectious viral disease that affects the central nervous system and can cause temporary or permanent paralysis.

    ‘Infectious diseases such as whooping cough, encephalitis, poliomyelitis, diphtheria, rabies, tetanus, syphilis, and botulism rarely are seen now but can cause vocal cord paralysis.’
    • ‘The viral disease known as poliomyelitis is highly infectious and can cause total paralysis and even death.’
    • ‘Other common diseases include schistosomiasis, sleeping sickness, poliomyelitis, tuberculosis, and pneumonia.’
    • ‘Polio, or poliomyelitis, is an infectious disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system.’
    • ‘Neurological disorders, such as poliomyelitis and cerebral palsy, can also cause acquired clubfoot.’


Late 19th century modern Latin, from Greek polios ‘gray’ + muelos ‘marrow’.