[…] itis ) " inflammation. " So called because the gray matter in the spinal cord is inflamed, which causes paralysis. The earlier name was infantile paralysis (1843).
Alternative Titles: Heine-Medin disease, acute anterior poliomyelitis, infantile paralysis, poliomyelitis Polio, in full poliomyelitis, also called infantile paralysis, acute
Medin was the first to describe the character of infantile paralysis.