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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Example sentences
No new cases of mad cow disease were found this year.
Scientists think infection levels of mad cow disease increase with age.
In the debacle of mad cow disease, it came out that governments were aware of the danger long before they warned the public.
Meat and bone meal is banned because of the scare of contamination of prion protein that may cause mad cow disease.
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