Creutzfeldt-Jakob diseaseCreutz·feldt-Ja·kob disease
an incurable degenerative disease of the nervous system, caused by a prion and characterized by neurological impairment, dementia, etc.
Origin of Creutzfeldt-Jakob diseaseafter H. Creutzfeldt (1885-1964) and A. Jakob (1884-1931), German neurologists
A fatal degenerative disease of the brain, caused by a prion and marked by progressive dementia and gradual loss of muscle control. Also called Jakob-Creutzfeldt disease .
Origin of Creutzfeldt-Jakob diseaseAfter Hans G. Creutzfeld (1883-1964) and Alfons M. Jakob (1884-1931), German psychiatrists
(uncountable) (abbreviation CJD)
- (pathology, neurology) A rare, progressive, currently fatal disease of the nervous system, characterized by dementia and loss of muscle control. A prion disease, apparently transmissible from animals to humans by eating infected tissue, as well as from tissue interchanges among humans (corneal transplants, blood transfusions).
Named after Hans Gerhard Creutzfeldt and Alfons Maria Jakob.