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spongiform

[spuhn-juh-fawrm] /ˈspʌn dʒəˌfɔrm/
adjective
1.
resembling a sponge, as in appearance or structure.
Origin
1815-1820
1815-20
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Examples for spongiform
  • Cows transmit bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease.
British Dictionary definitions for spongiform

spongiform

/ˈspʌndʒɪˌfɔːm/
adjective
1.
resembling a sponge in appearance, esp in having many holes
2.
denoting diseases characterized by this appearance of affected tissues
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Word Origin and History for spongiform
adj.

"resembling a sponge," 1805, from Latin spongia "sponge" (see sponge (n.)) + forma "form, shape" (see form (n.)).

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spongiform in Medicine

spongiform spon·gi·form (spŭn'jə-fôrm')
adj.
Resembling a sponge, as in appearance or porosity.

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