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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An acute disease of the brain caused by a deficiency of thiamine, usually associated with chronic alcoholism and characterized by loss of muscular coordination, abnormal eye movements, and confusion.

Etymologies

After Karl Wernicke (1848-1905), German neurologist.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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