Mad-cow-disease meaning

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A progressive, degenerative brain disease of adult cows, thought to be caused by an infectious agent in their food.
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A degenerative neurologic disease of cattle, thought to be caused by infection-causing agents called prions , in which brain tissues deteriorate and take on a spongy appearance, resulting in abnormal behaviors and loss of muscle control. A variant form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is transmitted to humans through the eating of infected cattle tissue.
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(colloquial) Bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
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