subacute spongiform encephalopathy

n.

A form of spongiform encephalopathy, such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, kuru, or Gerstmann-Sträussler syndrome, that is associated with a slow virus, is transmissible, and has a rapidly progressive, fatal course.transmissible encephalopathy

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