Simple Definition of degenerative
medical : causing the body or part of the body to become weaker or less able to function as time passes
Full Definition of degenerative
: of, relating to, involving, or causing degeneration <a degenerative disease>
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Degenerative diseases—including cancer, glaucoma, Parkinson's, diabetes, arthritis, and leprosy—are usually contrasted with infectious diseases (diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa). However, many infectious diseases (Lyme disease, AIDS, etc.) can cause a body or body part to degenerate, and infective organisms play a part in some degenerative diseases. Some degenerative diseases can be controlled; some can even be cured. But no one has yet discovered a way to reverse such degenerative conditions as multiple sclerosis, emphysema, or Alzheimer's.
First Known Use of degenerative
Medical Definition of degenerative
: of, relating to, involving, or tending to cause degeneration <degenerative conditions of the nervous system—Morris Fishbein> <degenerative changes> <a degenerative muscle disorder>
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