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Polyneuritis or multiple neuritis is a simultaneous inflammation of a large number of the spinal nerves, marked by paralysis, pain, and wasting of muscles.

Nutritional polyneuropathy is associated with polyneuritis and is a disorder of multiple peripheral nerves. It is noted in beriberi, chronic alcoholism, and other clinical states characterized by vitamin B-1 deficiency.

Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Stedman's Medical Dictionary. 24th edition. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins, 1982.