adjective de·gen·er·a·tive \di-ˈje-nə-rə-tiv, -ˈjen-rə-; -ˈje-nə-ˌrā-; dē-\

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>

First Known Use of DEGENERATIVE

circa 1846

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autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate
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adjective de·gen·er·a·tive \di-ˈjen-ə-ˌrāt-iv, -ˈjen-(ə-)rət-\

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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