spongiform

[spuhn-juh-fawrm]
adjective
resembling a sponge, as in appearance or structure.

Origin:
1815–20

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spongiform (ˈspʌndʒɪˌfɔːm)
 
adj
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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spongiform
"resembling a sponge," 1805, from L. spongia "sponge" + forma "form, shape."
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spongiform spon·gi·form (spŭn'jə-fôrm')
adj.
Resembling a sponge, as in appearance or porosity.

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Cows transmit bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease.
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