TSE

abbreviation

Definition of TSE

transmissible spongiform encephalopathy

Medical Dictionary

TSE

abbreviation or noun

medical Definition of TSE

:transmissible spongiform encephalopathy
  • The causative agent of the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE) or prion diseases, which include sheep scrapie, mad cow disease, and human variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), is still hotly debated.
  • —Suzette A. Priola et al.Science9 May 2003
  • While the methods of transmission of TSEs are not well understood … the effects of the diseases are the same whether the victim is sheep, deer, cow or human. The brain slowly erodes, with holes developing that give the organ a “spongy” appearance …
  • —Shannon ThompkinsThe Houston Chronicle2 June 2002

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