• synonyms

mad cow disease

  1. bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
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Origin of mad cow disease

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British Dictionary definitions for mad cow disease

mad cow disease

  1. an informal name for BSE
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mad cow disease in Medicine

mad cow disease

  1. bovine spongiform encephalopathy

mad cow disease in Science

mad cow disease


mad cow disease in Culture

mad cow disease

A lethal disease that originates in cows and can spread to humans through consumption of affected neural tissue. It is called Jakob-Creutzfeldt disease in humans. It causes the brain to deteriorate through the instrument of an infectious protein called a prion.

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