transmissible spongiform encephalopathy

noun
  1. any of several encephalopathies, including bovine spongiform encephalopathy, scrapie, and kuru, characterized by spongy degeneration of brain tissue and believed to result from the ingestion of a toxic protein or virus.
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British Dictionary definitions for transmissible spongiform encephalopathy

transmissible spongiform encephalopathy

noun
  1. the full name for TSE
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