Definition of spongiform adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

spongiform

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈspʌndʒɪfɔːm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspʌndʒɪfɔːrm//
 
(specialist)
 
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having or relating to a structure with holes in it like a sponge bovine spongiform encephalopathy (= a disease of cows in which the brain develops this structure) see also BSE
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