Definition of scrapie in English:

scrapie

Line breaks: scra|pie
Pronunciation: /ˈskreɪpi
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • A disease of sheep involving the central nervous system, characterized by a lack of coordination causing affected animals to rub against trees and other objects for support, and thought to be caused by a virus-like agent such as a prion.
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    • Biologically, the symptoms of the relatively common disease of scrapie in sheep are very similar to those of BSE.
    • Sheep are susceptible to their own brain wasting disease called scrapie, but this disease has never been shown to be transmissible to humans.
    • Since the early 1990s, scientists have become increasingly concerned that sheep diagnosed with scrapie may actually have BSE.

Origin

early 20th century: from the verb scrape + -ie.

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