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spongiform encephalopathy

noun spon·gi·form encephalopathy \ˈspən-ji-ˌfrm-\

Definition of SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHY

:  any of various degenerative diseases of the brain characterized by the development of porous spongelike lesions in brain tissue and by deterioration in neurological functioning; specifically :  prion disease

Origin of SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHY

spongiform resembling a sponge, from Latin spongia + English -iform
First Known Use: 1960
Medical Dictionary

spongiform encephalopathy

noun

Medical Definition of SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHY

:  any of various degenerative diseases of the brain characterized by the development of porous spongelike lesions in brain tissue and by deterioration in neurological functioning; specifically :  prion disease

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