Definition of mad cow disease in US English:

mad cow disease


  • Bovine spongiform encephalopathy.

    See BSE
    • ‘It is not difficult to see that beef reminds you of mad cow disease and chicken reminds you of poultry flu.’
    • ‘They have said they can't rule out the possibility that mad cow disease can be transmitted from mother to calf.’
    • ‘Food scares such as mad cow disease and E. coli contaminations have driven others to choose organics.’
    • ‘I'd rather have a burger and fries but I can give that up for 2 months if it means I won't get that mad cow disease.’
    • ‘Like mad cow disease, chronic wasting disease is believed to produce abnormal proteins that gradually destroy brain tissues.’
    • ‘No one knew in advance that feeding livestock rendered meat and bone meal would cause an epidemic of mad cow disease, but it did.’
    • ‘Government vets are investigating a case of mad cow disease in an animal born after the implementation of strict control measures to curb the disease.’
    • ‘Since mad cow disease came along, we have turned on to eating chicken.’
    • ‘To the best of our knowledge, there have been no documented cases of mad cow disease on organic farms in Europe with closed herds.’
    • ‘As infections go, mad cow disease and foot-and-mouth disease don't have much in common.’
    • ‘Some 4,000 cattle in two herds remain in quarantine because of the concerns about mad cow disease.’
    • ‘Hong Kong chicken flu and BSE, or mad cow disease, pose clear health risks to humans.’
    • ‘The arrival of mad cow disease to this country is heightening concerns.’
    • ‘And researchers are now drawing a bead on prions, the rogue proteins thought to cause mad cow disease.’
    • ‘The report is one of the few pieces of good news for farmers after years of drought and a financial crisis prompted by a case of mad cow disease earlier this year.’
    • ‘A farming couple have won the right to appeal against a ban stopping them moving their cattle for slaughter amid fears of mad cow disease.’
    • ‘Initial screening called rapid tests indicated the potential for mad cow disease in the three cows.’
    • ‘There is no test for mad cow disease that can be conducted on live animals.’
    • ‘The type of protein that causes mad cow disease can't be removed or destroyed when beef is processed or cooked.’
    • ‘BSE, or mad cow disease, arose after cows were fed the remains of animal tissue.’


mad cow disease

/ˈˌmad ˈkou dəˌzēz//ˈˌmæd ˈkaʊ dəˌziz/