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bovine spongiform encephalopathy

[spuhn-juh-fawrm] /ˈspʌn dʒəˌfɔrm/
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.
Also called mad cow disease.
Origin
1985-90
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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.
An infectious degenerative brain disease occurring in cattle. Also called mad cow disease.

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bovine spongiform encephalopathy in Science
bovine spongiform encephalopathy
  (spŭn'jĭ-fôrm')   
See mad cow disease.
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