bovine spongiform encephalopathy
noun Date: 1987 a fatal spongiform encephalopathy of cattle affecting the nervous system, resembling or identical with scrapie of sheep and goats, and probably caused by a prion transmitted by infected tissue in food — abbreviation BSE; called also mad cow disease

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  • bovine spongiform encephalopathy — n a fatal spongiform encephalopathy of cattle affecting the nervous system, resembling or identical with scrapie of sheep and goats, and prob. caused by a prion transmitted by infected tissue in food abbr. BSE called also mad cow disease * * * a… …   Medical dictionary

  • Bovine spongiform encephalopathy — with BSE. A notable feature of such disease is the inability of the infected animal to stand.Source: APHIS] Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), commonly known as Mad Cow Disease (MCD), is a fatal, neurodegenerative disease in cattle, that… …   Wikipedia

  • Bovine spongiform encephalopathy — Encéphalopathie spongiforme bovine Pour les articles homonymes, voir ESB et BSE. L encéphalopathie spongiforme bovine (ESB), également appelée « maladie de la vache folle » ou en anglais Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), est une… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • bovine spongiform encephalopathy — /spun jeuh fawrm / a fatal dementia of cattle, thought to be caused by the prion proteins implicated in Creutzfeldt Jakob disease. Also called mad cow disease. * * * ▪ pathology also called  mad cow disease        a fatal neurodegenerative… …   Universalium

  • bovine spongiform encephalopathy — (BSE)    In March 1996, the British Government broke the news that there could be a link between Bovine spongiform encephalopathy and a fatal human disease, Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (CJD). BSE is a disease in which the cow’s brain turns to a… …   Glossary of UK Government and Politics

  • bovine spongiform encephalopathy — (BSE) see spongiform encephalopathy …   Medical dictionary

  • bovine spongiform encephalopathy — BSE; see spongiform encephalopathy …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • bovine spongiform encephalopathy — ˈspənjiˌfȯrm noun Etymology: spongiform spongelike from spongi + form : a progressive fatal disease of the central nervous system of adult domestic cattle that resembles scrapie of sheep and goats and is prob. caused by a prion transmitted by… …   Useful english dictionary

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

  • bovine spongiform encephalopathy — noun see BSE …   English new terms dictionary

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