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bovine spongiform encephalopathy

noun

Definition of bovine spongiform encephalopathy

  1. :  a fatal prion disease of cattle that affects the nervous system, resembles or is identical to scrapie of sheep and goats, and is probably transmitted by infected tissue in food —abbreviation BSE —called also mad cow disease



1987

First Known Use of bovine spongiform encephalopathy

1987


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bovine spongiform encephalopathy

noun

Medical Definition of bovine spongiform encephalopathy

  1. :  a fatal prion disease of cattle that affects the nervous system, resembles or is identical with scrapie of sheep and goats, and is probably transmitted by infected tissue in food—abbreviation BSE; called also mad cow disease




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