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

Examples of bovine spongiform encephalopathy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 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, 28 June 2019 But, the most well-known is bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE aka mad cow disease). Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 26 Apr. 2018

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1987, in the meaning defined above

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“Bovine spongiform encephalopathy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bovine%20spongiform%20encephalopathy. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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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