transmissible spongiform encephalopathy

noun

: prion disease
abbreviation TSE

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 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 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 Chronic wasting disease is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy that is fatal to deer, elk and moose. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Sep. 2017 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 The disease is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy, a family that includes scrapie as well as mad cow disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob (both of which are fatal to humans). Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Sep. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1990, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of transmissible spongiform encephalopathy was in 1990

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Cite this Entry

“Transmissible spongiform encephalopathy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transmissible%20spongiform%20encephalopathy. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

transmissible spongiform encephalopathy

noun
: prion disease
The transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs)—a very unusual group of neurodegenerative diseases involving microscopic holes in the brain—affect both humans and animals.Bette Hileman, Chemical & Engineering News,
In the last four years, 11 cases of a human form of transmissible spongiform encephalopathy, called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, have been diagnosed in rural western Kentucky …The Springfield (Massachusetts) Union-News

called also TSE

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