transmissible spongiform encephalopathy

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Definition of transmissible spongiform encephalopathy 

: prion disease abbreviation TSE

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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, "Chronic wasting disease, scourge of wild deer, found for first time in Milwaukee County," 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, "Smith: CWD-positive deer die at three times rate of non-diseased animals in Wisconsin study," 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, "Public comments sought on county deer objectives," 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, "Kit shortage has slowed CWD testing," 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, "DNR urges hunters to get deer tested for CWD," 30 Sep. 2017

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transmissible spongiform encephalopathy

noun

Medical Definition of transmissible spongiform encephalopathy 

: 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,, 9 Apr. 2001 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, 29 Aug. 1997

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