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scrap·ie

(skrap'ē, skrā'pē),
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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scrapie

(skrā′pē, skrăp′ē)
n.
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 prion-induced infection, which causes fatal neurologic degeneration in sheep and goats, who scrape themselves on rocks and other surrogate back-scratchers; the scrapie agents are transmissible spongiform encephalopathy agents, which integrate themselves into the cell membrane, possibly as replicable glycoproteins
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scrap·ie

(skrā'pē)
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

scrapie

A 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

scrapie

a 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
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Delegates heard an update in the Welsh scrapie genotyping project, which is far more advanced in Wales than in other parts of the UK.
The objectives of the WSS was to increase participation in the sire reference schemes, establish the Institute of Rural Studies as a centre of excellence to provide breeding services to the Welsh industry, encourage use of scrapie genotyping, provide technology transfer and training, and to under - take research, feasibility studies and surveys - all of this has been achieved .
Former WSS Cymru/New Zealand Scholars, Gareth Jones and John Davies, will be speaking about their experiences in New Zealand and Janet Roden, geneticist at the Institute of Rural Studies, will talk on Scrapie Genotyping.
The Welsh Sheep Strategy and the National Assembly for Wales is currently carrying out scrapie genotyping on a proportion of the Welsh ewe flock in order to accelerate the genetic resistance to scrapie.