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Definition: 'Polioencephalomalacia'

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Type: Term

Pronunciation: pō′lē-ō-en-sef′ă-lō-mă-lā′shē-ă

1. Cerebrocortical necrosis in sheep and goats, also seen in cattle, deer, and antelope. Associated with thiamine deficiency, water deprivation-sodium ion toxicosis, lead poisoning, and particularly with high dietary sulfur levels leading to high hydrogen sulfide and acetic acid levels in the rumen, which adversely affect carbohydrate metabolism.

Synonyms: cerebrocortical necrosis

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