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

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Two decades ago, Chicago got caught up in cow fever — not bovine spongiform encephalopathy, but a benign form of art-cow madness. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago’s 'Cows on Parade’ is back for July, celebrating 20-year anniversary with one last roundup," 28 June 2019 But, the most well-known is bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE aka mad cow disease). Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Camels in Africa may have been quietly spreading prion disease for decades," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bovine spongiform encephalopathy

1987, in the meaning defined above

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bovine spongiform encephalopathy

noun

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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