mad cow disease
noun Date: 1988 bovine spongiform encephalopathy

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  • mad cow disease — n. a progressive, degenerative brain disease of adult cows, thought to be caused by an infectious agent in their food: cf. BSE * * * ➡ BSE * * * or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) Fatal neurodegenerative disease of cattle. Symptoms include …   Universalium

  • mad cow disease — n. a progressive, degenerative brain disease of adult cows, thought to be caused by an infectious agent in their food: cf. BSE …   English World dictionary

  • mad cow disease — kau̇ n BOVINE SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHY * * * bovine spongiform encephalopathy …   Medical dictionary

  • mad cow disease — mad′ cow′ disease n. pat bovine spongiform encephalopathy • Etymology: 1985–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • mad cow disease — noun a fatal disease of cattle that affects the central nervous system; causes staggering and agitation • Syn: ↑bovine spongiform encephalitis, ↑BSE • Hypernyms: ↑animal disease * * * noun [noncount] : a fatal disease that affects the brain and… …   Useful english dictionary

  • mad cow disease — N UNCOUNT Mad cow disease is a disease which affects the nervous system of cattle and causes death. [mainly BRIT] Syn: BSE …   English dictionary

  • mad cow disease — mad cow dis.ease n [U] informal ↑BSE …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mad cow disease — mad cow dis,ease noun uncount INFORMAL BSE …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mad cow disease — (Bovine spongiform encephalopathy) fatal disease affecting the nervous system in cattle …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mad cow disease — noun a fatal virus disease of cattle which attacks the nervous system, and which can cross infect humans; bovine spongiform encephalopathy …   Australian English dictionary

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