Medical Definition of Transmissible spongiform encephalopathy
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathy: One of a number of progressive neurodegenerative disorders in animals and humans caused by similar uncharacterized agents that produce spongiform changes in the brain.
Specific examples of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies include:
Last Editorial Review: 6/9/2016
Back to MedTerms online medical dictionary A-Z List
Need help identifying pills and medications?