Definition of Mad cow disease

1. Noun. A fatal disease of cattle that affects the central nervous system; causes staggering and agitation.

Exact synonyms: Bovine Spongiform Encephalitis, Bse
Generic synonyms: Animal Disease

Definition of Mad cow disease

1. Noun. (colloquial) bovine spongiform encephalopathy ¹

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Medical Definition of Mad cow disease

1. A new disease of cattle, first reported in 1986 in Great Britain, characterised clinically by apprehensive behaviour, hyperesthesia, and ataxia and histopathologically by spongiform changes in the gray-matter neuropil of the brain stem; it is thought to be caused by an agent, possibly a prion, similar to that observed as the cause of scrapie. Synonym: mad cow disease. (05 Mar 2000)

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Literary usage of Mad cow disease

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1. Foot and Mouth Disease: To Protect U.S. Livestock, Usda Must Remain Vigilant by Lawrence Dyckman, Anu Mittal (2002)
"FMD is also sometimes confused with mad cow disease or bovine spongiform ... However, unlike mad cow disease, FMD has no known human health implications. ..."

2. Potential Transmission of Spongiform Encephalopathies to Humans: The Food edited by Christopher Shays (1998)
"Some say "mad cow disease" is a misnomer because the afflicted animals appear more worried than mad. They are not the only ones, frankly, that are worried, ..."

3. Social Sciences and Innovation by Oecd (2001)
"... enabling some transfer).1 The example of BSE (mad-cow disease) serves to show how research, expertise and TA merge: early warnings about risks of ..."

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