spongiform "resembling a sponge," 1805, from L. spongia "sponge" + forma "form, shape" (see FORM (Cf. form)).

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  • Spongiform — Spon gi*form (sp[u^]n j[i^]*f[^o]rm), a. Resembling a sponge; soft and porous; porous. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spongiform — SYN: spongy. * * * spon·gi·form spən ji .fȯrm adj of, relating to, or being a degenerative disease which causes the brain tissue to have a porous structure like that of a sponge <spongiform lesions> * * * spon·gi·form (spunґjĭ form)… …   Medical dictionary

  • spongiform — adj. [L. spongia, sponge; forma, form] Sponge like; soft and porous …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • spongiform — /spun jeuh fawrm /, adj. resembling a sponge, as in appearance or structure. [1815 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • spongiform — adjective Like a sponge, porous, full of holes …   Wiktionary

  • spongiform — spon|gi|fọrm 〈[spɔŋ ] Adj.〉 schwammförmig [→ Spongia] …   Universal-Lexikon

  • spongiform — spon|gi|fọrm 〈[spɔŋ ] Adj.〉 schwammförmig [Etym.: → Spongia] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • Spongiform — Spon|gi|form <zu ↑...form> schwammförmig (bes. Tiermed.) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • spongiform — [ spʌndʒɪfɔ:m] adjective chiefly Veterinary Medicine having, relating to, or denoting a porous structure or consistency resembling that of a sponge …   English new terms dictionary

  • spongiform — spon·gi·form …   English syllables

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