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  1. a progressive disease of the central nervous system marked by increasing lack of coordination and advancing to paralysis and death within a year of the appearance of symptoms; thought to have been transmitted by cannibalistic consumption of diseased brain tissue since the disease virtually disappeared when cannibalism was abandoned

Alternative definition


  1. A chronic, progressive, fatal central nervous system disease found mainly among the Fore and neighboring peoples of New Guinea, caused by a prion that probably resembles the scrapie agent of sheep, transmissible to nonhuman primates, and believed to be transmitted by ritual cannibalism.


Kuru is located on the Jos Plateau in north-central Nigeria commonly referred as the middle belt region of Nigeria. Located about 20 km to Jos on the Jos-Abuja highway in Plateau State. Kuru is a conglomerate of other small semi - developed villages, hamlets and households not too far from one another.


Kuru is a musical group.

There are other groups with Kuru in their name, like Uttara-kuru.


"Kuru" is a musical album of Mushroom Giant.


  1. Kuru was the name of an Indo-Aryan kshatriya tribe and their kingdom in the Vedic period of India, and later a republican Mahajanapada state. Their kingdom was located in the area of modern Haryana and Delhi. They formed the first political center of the Indo-Aryans after the Rigvedic period, and after their emergence from the Punjab, and it was there that the codification and redaction of the Vedic texts began. Archaeologically, they most likely correspond to the black and red ware culture of the 12th to 9th centuries BC. At this time, iron first appears in western India. Iron is still absent from the Rigvedic hymns, and makes its first appearance as "black metal" in the Atharvaveda.
  2. Kuru a.k.a. Khuru is a traditional Bhutanese sport. It involves throwing darts outdoors with a target approximately 20 metres.
  3. Kuru a.k.a. Kuru, Ida-Viru County: Kuru is a village in Iisaku Parish, Ida-Viru County in northeastern Estonia.

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Google previewProtein Aggregation and Fibrillogenesis in Cerebral and Systemic Amyloid Disease (2012)

by J. Robin Harris

Kuru is an invariably fatal cerebellar ataxia accompanied by tremor, choreiform and athetoid movements; it is remarkably uniform in clinical signs, symptoms and evolution. The progressive dementia that is so characteristic of sporadic CJD, ...

Google previewNeurodegenerative Diseases (2012)

by Shamim I. Ahmad

CLINICAL MANIFESTATIONS Kuru is an invariably fatal cerebellar ataxia accompanied by tremor, choreifonn and athetoid movements (Fig. 1). In contrast to the neuropathological picture, it is remarkably uniform in clinical signs, symptoms ...

Google previewOrigin of English Genius (2005)

by Thomas Lee Taylor

Kuru is a disease whose ultimate outcome results from the total number of ;...

Google previewHistory of Physical Anthropology (1997)

by Frank Spencer

Kuru is a neurological disease occurring in the eastern highlands of Papua New Guinea that presents a compelling case in the history of the human and the medical sciences. The people most affected ...

Google previewMagnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain and Spine (2009)

by Scott W. Atlas

Kuru is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized primarily by cerebellar ataxia . Kuru was quite common in the first half of the twentieth century in members of the Fore linguistic group living in the eastern highlands of Papua New Guinea.

Google previewThe Future of Religious Freedom (2013)

Global Challenges by Allen D. Hertzke

Kuru is the chair of APSA's Religion and Politics Section. ROMAN LUNKIN, a sociologist of religion, is a senior researcher at the Institute of Europe Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow; president of the Guild of Experts on Religion and Law, ...

Google previewEssential Microbiology for Dentistry (2006)

by Lakshman P. Samaranayake

Prion-induced diseases or transmissible spongiform encephalopathies Kuru Kuru is the fatal neurologic disease first described in societies in Papua New Guinea who consumed human brain. It is no longer prevalent owing to the cessation of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Peoples of Asia and Oceania (2009)

by Barbara A. West

kuru location: Northern India, especially the GangesYamuna Doab time period: Possibly 1500 to 500 b.c.e . ancestry: IndoAryan language: Probably postRigvedic Sanskritb kushAns location: The north of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Central ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Meat Sciences, Three-Volume Set (2004)

by Carrick Devine, M. Dikeman

KuruKuru Kuru is a condition confined to highland New Guineans in the mountainous interior of Papua New Guinea and is believed to result from ritualistic cannibalism. The brain of deceased kin was eaten by women and children and the ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Higher Education: Convocation address (2005)

by Suresh Kant Sharma

prasaraya dharmadhvajam prapuraya dharmasankham pratadaya dharmadundubhim dharmam kuru, dharmam kuru, dharmam ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of the Brain and Brain Disorders (2009)

by Carol Turkington, Joseph Harris

kuru 179 the interaction of chronic alcohol abuse and a thiamine deficiency brought on by the poor diet typical of chronic alcoholics. Korsakoff syndrome occurs in a wide variety of toxic and infectious brain illnesses, as well as in association ...

Google previewDesk Encyclopedia of Human and Medical Virology (2010)

by Brian W.J. Mahy, Marc H.V. van Regenmortel

Kuru is a fatal ataxic disease that was first described in the 1950s among the Fore tribe of the highlands of Papua New...

In 1963, Gajdusek and colleagues successfully transmitted kuru by inoculating kuru brain tissue intracerebrally into  ...

Google previewDesk Encyclopedia of Microbiology (2010)

by Moselio Schaechter

Intensive research on TSE began in the 1950s when Gajdusek discovered that human kuru was related to cannibalism and to the ritual use of diseased brain, and thus the suspected kuru to be transmissible. In the early stages of TSE research ...

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Scrabble value of K5U1R1U1

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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