bovine spongiform encephalopathy

bovine spongiform encephalopathy

[spuhn-juh-fawrm]
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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bovine spongiform encephalopathy
 
n
the full name for BSE

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bovine spongiform encephalopathy n.
An infectious degenerative brain disease occurring in cattle. Also called mad cow disease.

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bovine spongiform encephalopathy   (spŭn'jĭ-fôrm')  Pronunciation Key 
See mad cow disease.
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