transmissible spongiform encephalopathy

any of several encephalopathies, including bovine spongiform encephalopathy, scrapie, and kuru, characterized by spongy degeneration of brain tissue and believed to result from the ingestion of a toxic protein or virus.

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  • transmissible spongiform encephalopathy — noun Any fatal, incurable degenerative disease of the brain transmitted by prions …   Wiktionary

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  • spongiform encephalopathy — n any of a group of degenerative diseases of the brain characterized by the development of spongiform lesions and by deterioration in neurological functioning see BOVINE SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHY, TRANSMISSIBLE SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHY * * * any …   Medical dictionary

  • spongiform encephalopathy — ˈspənjəˌfȯrm noun Etymology: spongiform resembling a sponge, from spongi + form : any of a group of degenerative diseases of the brain that are characterized by development of brain tissue having a structure like that of a porous sponge and by… …   Useful english dictionary

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