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mad cow disease

Origin
1985-90
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mad cow disease

noun
1.
an informal name for BSE
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mad cow dis ease in Medicine

mad cow disease n.
See bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

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mad cow disease
  (mād)   
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 dis ease in Culture

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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