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bovine spongiform encephalopathy

[spuhn-juh-fawrm]
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  1. a fatal neurological disease of cattle, characterized by spongelike changes in the brain and thought to be caused by an infectious prion also implicated in Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Abbreviation: BSE
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Origin of bovine spongiform encephalopathy

1985–90
Also called mad cow disease.
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British Dictionary definitions for bovine spongiform encephalopathy

bovine spongiform encephalopathy

noun
  1. the full name for BSE
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bovine spongiform encephalopathy in Medicine

bovine spongiform encephalopathy

n.
  1. An infectious degenerative brain disease occurring in cattle.mad cow disease
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bovine spongiform encephalopathy in Science

bovine spongiform encephalopathy

[spŭnjĭ-fôrm′]
  1. See mad cow disease.
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