scrapie

noun
scra·​pie | \ ˈskrā-pē How to pronounce scrapie (audio) \

Definition of scrapie

: a usually fatal prion disease of sheep and goats characterized by twitching, excitability, intense itching, excessive thirst, emaciation, weakness, and finally paralysis

Examples of scrapie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Examples include mad cow disease, scrapie, Kuru, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 9 June 2022 Chronic wasting disease is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy, similar to mad cow disease, scrapie and Creutzfeldt-Jakob. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Dec. 2021 Sheep have carried scrapie — effectively mad cow disease for sheep — for centuries. Jim Robbins, New York Times, 12 Nov. 2020 Mad cow disease, for example, is a prion disease that rooted from scrapie, a deadly disease that afflicts sheep. Fiza Pirani, ajc, 25 May 2018 Prions cause a variety of diseases in other animals, including Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (a prion disease in humans), scrapie (affecting sheep and goats), and chronic wasting disease (found in mule deer, elk, and reindeer). Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 26 Apr. 2018 The disease is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE), a family of diseases that includes scrapie, mad cow disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Feb. 2018 The disease is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy, a class of diseases that includes mad cow disease in cattle, scrapie in sheep and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Jan. 2018 Chronic wasting disease is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy, a family of prion diseases that includes Mad Cow and scrapie. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Dec. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of scrapie

1910, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scrapie

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18 Jun 2022

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“Scrapie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scrapie. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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scrapie

noun
scra·​pie | \ ˈskrā-pē How to pronounce scrapie (audio) \

Medical Definition of scrapie

: a usually fatal prion disease of sheep and goats that is characterized by twitching, excitability, intense itching, excessive thirst, emaciation, weakness, and finally paralysis

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