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bovine spongiform encephalopathy

noun

Definition of BOVINE SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHY

:  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

First Known Use of BOVINE SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHY

1987

bovine spongiform encephalopathy

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of BOVINE SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHY

:  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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