bovine spongiform encephalopathy

[ spuhn-juh-fawrm ]
/ ˈspʌn dʒəˌfɔrm /

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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Also called mad cow disease.

Origin of bovine spongiform encephalopathy

1985–90

Words nearby bovine spongiform encephalopathy

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British Dictionary definitions for bovine spongiform encephalopathy

bovine spongiform encephalopathy

noun

the full name for BSE
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Medical definitions for bovine spongiform encephalopathy

bovine spongiform encephalopathy

n.

An infectious degenerative brain disease occurring in cattle.mad cow disease
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Scientific definitions for bovine spongiform encephalopathy

bovine spongiform encephalopathy
[ spŭnjĭ-fôrm′ ]

See mad cow disease.
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