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Medical Term:

subacute spongiform encephalopathy


a form of spongiform encephalopathy that is associated with a “slow virus,” which to date has not been adequately described, is transmissible, and has a rapidly progressive, fatal course; Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, kuru, Gerstmann-Sträussler syndrome, scrapie.

See: prion

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