Medical Term:

polioencephalomalacia

Pronunciation: pō′lē - ō - en - sef′ă - lō - mă - lā′shē - ă

Definition: Cerebrocortical necrosis in sheep and goats, also seen in cattle, deer, and antelope. Associated with thiamine deficiency, water deprivation-sodium ion toxicosis, lead poisoning, and particularly with high dietary sulfur levels leading to high hydrogen sulfide and acetic acid levels in the rumen, which adversely affect carbohydrate metabolism.

Synonym(s): cerebrocortical necrosis

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