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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: skrap′ē, skrā′pē

Definition: A communicable spongiform encephalopathy of the central nervous system of sheep and goats caused by a prion and characterized by a very long incubation period followed by pruritus, abnormalities of gait, and invariably death; it resembles Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and kuru in humans.

[from scraping by affected animals against objects to relieve itching]