General paresis
Progressive dementia and generalized paralysis due to chronic inflammation of the covering and substance of the brain (meningoencephalitis). General paresis is a part of late (tertiary) syphilis, occurring a decade or more after the initial infection.

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general paresis n insanity caused by syphilitic alteration of the brain that leads to dementia and paralysis called also dementia paralytica, general paralysis of the insane

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parenchymatous neurosyphilis in which chronic meningoencephalitis causes gradual loss of cortical function, resulting in progressive dementia and generalized paralysis, which generally occurs 10 to 20 years after the initial infection of syphilis. Called also Bayle disease, dementia paralytica, paralytic dementia paretic neurosyphilis, and syphilitic meningoencephalitis.

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