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Myelitis \My`e*li"tis\, n. [NL., from Gr. myelo`s marrow + -itis.] (Med.) 1. Inflammation of the spinal marrow or its membranes.

3. Inflammation of bone marrow.


n. inflammation of the spinal cord or of bone marrow


n. inflammation of the spinal cord


Myelitis involves the infection or the inflammation of the white matter or gray matter of the spinal cord which is a part of central nervous system that acts as a bridge between the brain and the rest of the body. During an inflammatory response in the spinal cord, the myelin and axon may be damaged causing symptoms such as paralysis and sensory loss. Myelitis is classified to several categories depending on the area or the cause of the lesion; however, people often refer to any inflammatory attack on the spinal cord as transverse myelitis.

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An autopsy turned up encephalitis and myelitis of the brain, including Negri bodies in the pyramidal cells of the hippocampus, and Purkinje cells of the cerebellum.