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:
- In animals:
- In humans:
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