Definitions for kuruˈkʊər u

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ku•ruˈkʊər u(n.)

  1. a fatal disease of the nervous system, resembling scrapie in sheep, reported among highland New Guinea peoples who ritually eat the brains of their dead kin.

    Category: Pathology

Origin of kuru:

1955–60; < Fore, a language of the Eastern Highlands province of Papua New Guinea Papuan

Princeton's WordNet

  1. kuru(noun)

    a progressive disease of the central nervous system marked by increasing lack of coordination and advancing to paralysis and death within a year of the appearance of symptoms; thought to have been transmitted by cannibalistic consumption of diseased brain tissue since the disease virtually disappeared when cannibalism was abandoned


  1. kuru(Noun)

    A chronic, progressive, fatal central nervous system disease found mainly among the Fore and neighboring peoples of New Guinea, caused by a prion that probably resembles the scrapie agent of sheep, transmissible to nonhuman primates, and believed to be transmitted by ritual cannibalism.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Kuru

    A prion disease found exclusively among the Fore linguistic group natives of the highlands of NEW GUINEA. The illness is primarily restricted to adult females and children of both sexes. It is marked by the subacute onset of tremor and ataxia followed by motor weakness and incontinence. Death occurs within 3-6 months of disease onset. The condition is associated with ritual cannibalism, and has become rare since this practice has been discontinued. Pathologic features include a noninflammatory loss of neurons that is most prominent in the cerebellum, glial proliferation, and amyloid plaques. (From Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p773)

Anagrams of kuru

  1. Uruk

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


having little, or no, moisture, sap, rain etc

The ground is very dry; The leaves are dry and withered; I need to find dry socks for the children.

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