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Definition of encephalitis noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

encephalitis

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//enˌsefəˈlaɪtəs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//enˌsefəˈlaɪtəs//
 
; BrE BrE//enˌkefəˈlaɪtəs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//enˌkefəˈlaɪtəs//
 
[uncountable] (medical)
 
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a condition in which the brain becomes swollen, caused by an infection or allergic reaction
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: encephalitis