spongiform encephalopathy

noun spon·gi·form encephalopathy \ ˈspən-ji-ˌfȯrm- \

Definition of spongiform encephalopathy

:any of various degenerative diseases of the brain characterized by the development of porous spongelike lesions in brain tissue and by deterioration in neurological functioning; specifically :prion disease

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Origin and Etymology of spongiform encephalopathy

spongiform resembling a sponge, from Latin spongia + English -iform


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spongiform encephalopathy

noun

medical Definition of spongiform encephalopathy

:any of various degenerative diseases of the brain characterized by the development of porous spongelike lesions in brain tissue and by deterioration in neurological functioning; specifically :prion disease

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