Recent Examples of degenerative from the Web
That's a big burden on her family's income: Because of her MS, a degenerative neurological disease, her cognitive skills declined.
Born prematurely, Brooks was placed in an incubator for two months and developed a degenerative retinal disease apparently caused by excessive oxygen.
Edell was diagnosed with a degenerative muscular disease that forced him to retire following the 2001 season.
Two-hundred-eleven of them had the degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, which can be caused by repetitive hits to the head.
Ross Nash, a community fixture in Huntington Beach who often was seen greeting people at the pier in his wheelchair, died Thursday of a degenerative neuromuscular disease.
Playing football professionally has been linked to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease.
Born prematurely, the child was placed in an incubator for two months and developed a degenerative retinal disease apparently caused by excessive oxygen.
Anthony Devlin/Getty Images Alfie Evans is a 2-year-old Brit with a degenerative and terminal brain condition — medical experts liken it to dementia experienced by elderly people.
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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.
DEGENERATIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of degenerative for English Language Learners
medical : causing the body or part of the body to become weaker or less able to function as time passes
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