spongiform encephalopathy n.
Encephalopathy characterized by progressive diffuse vacuolation of the cerebral cortex.
[spuhn-jil-uh-flahy, spon-] /spʌnˈdʒɪl əˌflaɪ, spɒn-/ noun, plural spongillaflies. 1. spongefly.
noun 1. a scleroprotein occurring in the form of fibers that form the skeleton of certain sponges. noun 1. a fibrous horny protein that forms the skeletal framework of the bath sponge and related sponges
noun 1. any aquatic, chiefly marine animal of the phylum Porifera, having a porous structure and usually a horny, siliceous or calcareous internal skeleton or framework, occurring in large, sessile colonies. 2. the light, yielding, porous, fibrous skeleton or framework of certain animals or colonies of this group, especially of the genera Spongia and Hippospongia, […]
spongio- pref. Sponge; spongelike: spongiocyte.