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[skrey-pee, skrap-ee] /ˈskreɪ pi, ˈskræp i/
noun, Veterinary Pathology.
a usually fatal brain disease of sheep, characterized by twitching of the neck and head, grinding of the teeth, and scraping of itching portions of skin against fixed objects with a subsequent loss of wool: thought to be caused by an infectious prion.
Origin of scrapie
First recorded in 1905-10; scrap(e) + -ie Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for scrapie


a disease of sheep and goats: one of a group of diseases (including BSE in cattle) that are caused by a protein prion, and result in spongiform encephalopathy
Word Origin
C20: from scrape + -ie
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scrapie in Science
  (skrā'pē, skrāp'ē)   
A usually fatal, degenerative disease of sheep and goats, marked by chronic itching, loss of muscular coordination, and progressive deterioration of the central nervous system. While the exact cause is unknown, a prion or virus is thought to be the agent of transmission.
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