bovine spongiform encephalopathy

noun

: 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

Examples of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the 1980s, concerns about bovine spongiform encephalopathy — or mad cow disease — took hold across Europe, when cases of the incurable and invariably fatal neurodegenerative disease of cattle began to appear. Susanne Rust, Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2024 The exports were suspended in November after a case of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, was discovered by Irish veterinary officials. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 17 Jan. 2024 Food safety officials in Britain had assured consumers that bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, could not be transmitted to humans by eating beef from sick cows. Andrew Curry, Discover Magazine, 13 Mar. 2013 Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease comes from exposure to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), most often through consumption of infected cattle. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 9 June 2022 The official name of mad cow disease is bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 30 May 2021 It’s a prion disease with similarities to mad cow disease, which is scientifically known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy. Anton L. Delgado, The Arizona Republic, 29 May 2021 The disease is part of a group called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, the most famous of which is bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as mad cow disease. Jim Robbins, New York Times, 12 Nov. 2020 And in 1989, the government banned imports of beef and lamb from regions, including Britain, affected by bovine spongiform encephalopathy, better known as mad cow disease. David Yaffe-Bellany, New York Times, 24 Jan. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1987, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bovine spongiform encephalopathy was in 1987

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Medical Definition

bovine spongiform encephalopathy

noun
: 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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