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spongiform British & World English

Having or denoting a porous structure or consistency resembling that of a sponge

BSE British & World English

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, a disease of cattle which affects the central nervous system, causing agitation and staggering, and is usually fatal. It is believed to be caused by an agent such as a prion or a virino, and to be related to Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans