Kuru meaning

ko͝oro͝o
A fatal degenerative disease of the brain caused by a prion, formerly found among certain peoples of New Guinea and transmitted by the consumption of human flesh during mortuary rites.
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A degenerative disease of the central nervous system, found among certain indigenous people of the eastern highlands of New Guinea.
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A fatal degenerative disease of the brain caused by a prion, formerly found among certain peoples of New Guinea and transmitted by the consumption of human flesh during mortuary rites.
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A rare, progressive, degenerative neurological disease found in certain peoples of New Guinea and associated with cannibalism. It is thought to be caused by a prion and results in a fatal encephalopathy.
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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.
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Origin of kuru

  • Fore (language of eastern Papua New Guinea)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Fore, literally meaning ‘shaking death’.

    From Wiktionary