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



BrE BrE//ˈpəʊliəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpoʊlioʊ//
(formal poliomyelitis
BrE BrE//ˌpəʊliəʊˌmaɪəˈlaɪtɪs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpoʊlioʊˌmaɪəˈlaɪtɪs//
[uncountable] Ailments and diseases
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an infectious disease that affects the central nervous system and can cause temporary or permanent paralysis (= loss of control or feeling in part or most of the body) See related entries: Ailments and diseases
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: polio