mad cow dis ease

mad cow disease


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1985–90

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mad cow disease
 
n
an informal name for BSE

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mad cow disease n.
See bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

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mad cow disease   (mād)  Pronunciation Key 
A degenerative neurologic disease of cattle, thought to be caused by infection-causing agents called prions, in which brain tissues deteriorate and take on a spongy appearance, resulting in abnormal behaviors and loss of muscle control. A variant form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is transmitted to humans through the eating of infected cattle tissue. Also called bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
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mad cow disease definition


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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