prion disease

January 2005
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p1774
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A definition of the term "prion disease" is presented. It refers to any transmissible neurodegenerative disease that is caused by a proteinaceous infectious particle. The disease may be transmitted by hereditary changes in the gene coding prion proteins, by contaminated biological agents and by eating the flesh of infected animals.


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