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  1. resembling a sponge, as in appearance or structure.

Origin of spongiform

First recorded in 1815–20
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Historical Examples

  • The spongiform masses inside are covered all over with beautiful pearly beads of silica.

    Wonders of the Yellowstone

    James Richardson

British Dictionary definitions for spongiform


  1. resembling a sponge in appearance, esp in having many holes
  2. denoting diseases characterized by this appearance of affected tissues
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Word Origin and History for spongiform


"resembling a sponge," 1805, from Latin spongia "sponge" (see sponge (n.)) + forma "form, shape" (see form (n.)).

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spongiform in Medicine


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  1. Resembling a sponge, as in appearance or porosity.
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