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spongy degeneration in Medicine

spongy degeneration n.
A rare, inherited, fatal brain disease of infancy characterized by the widespread loss of myelin from nerve sheaths and the presence of round empty spaces in the brain, giving it a spongelike appearance, and resulting in progressive paralysis, blindness, and megalencephaly. Also called Canavan's disease.

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