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A communicable spongiform encephalopathy of the central nervous system of sheep and goats caused by a prion and characterized by a very long incubation period followed by pruritus, abnormalities of gait, and invariably death; it resembles Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and kuru in humans.
[from scraping by affected animals against objects to relieve itching]
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A fatal neurodegenerative disease of sheep and goats caused by a prion and marked by chronic itching and loss of muscular coordination.
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A communicable spongiform encephalopathy of the central nervous system of sheep and goats caused by a prion; resembles Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and kuru in humans.
[from scraping against objects by affected animals to relieve itching]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
scrapieA fatal nervous system disease of sheep featuring a SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHY. Scrapie is caused by a PRION and has an incubation period of 2 to 7 years.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
scrapiea disease of sheep, thought to be caused by PRIONS, in which the animal develops intense itching and increasing weakness, and eventually dies.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005