Definition of “polio” - English Dictionary

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“polio” in British English

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polionoun [ U ]

uk /ˈpəʊ.li.əʊ/ us /ˈpoʊ.li.oʊ/ specialized poliomyelitis,

a serious infectious disease that can cause permanent paralysis (= being unable to move the body):

Now 95% of babies are immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella.

(Definition of “polio” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“polio” in American English

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polionoun [ U ]

us /ˈpoʊ·liˌoʊ/ medical poliomyelitis, /ˌpoʊ·li·oʊˌmɑɪ·əˈlɑɪ·t̬ɪs/

a serious, infectious disease of the nerves of the spine (= row of bones in the back) that can cause temporary or permanent paralysis (= inability to move the body)

(Definition of “polio” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)