Wernicke's encephalopathy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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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.
Origin: After Karl Wernicke (1848-1905), German neurologist.
wernicke's encephalopathy - Medical Definition
See Wernicke's syndrome.