degenerative

adjective
de·​gen·​er·​a·​tive | \ di-ˈje-nə-rə-tiv How to pronounce degenerative (audio) , -ˈjen-rə-; -ˈje-nə-ˌrā-; dē-\

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.

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Metabolic switching between glucose and ketones is when cognition is best and degenerative diseases are kept at bay. Rahul Jandial, Md, Health.com, "The Popular Diet One Neurosurgeon Swears By as a Way to Boost His Brainpower," 5 June 2019 In 2008, Udall easily defeated then-U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce to take Democratic control of a Senate seat held for 36 years by Pete Domenici, who retired when diagnosed with a degenerative brain disease and died in 2017. Morgan Lee, The Seattle Times, "New Mexico senator, conservationist won’t run again in 2020," 25 Mar. 2019 Other scientists confirmed that dopamine is depleted in people with Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative condition that causes tremors and rigidity, and L-dopa soon became the standard treatment for the illness. Denise Gellene, BostonGlobe.com, "Arvid Carlsson, 95; discovered a treatment for Parkinson’s," 2 July 2018 It's been three years since Kathie Lee Gifford's husband Frank tragically passed away at 84 after battling chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — a degenerative brain disease. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Kathie Lee Gifford’s Daughter Shares Touching Photo of Her Father Three Years After His Death," 10 Aug. 2018 Other scientists confirmed that dopamine is depleted in people with Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative condition that causes tremors and rigidity, and L-dopa soon became the standard treatment for the illness. Denise Gellene, BostonGlobe.com, "Arvid Carlsson, 95; discovered a treatment for Parkinson’s," 2 July 2018 Other scientists confirmed that dopamine is depleted in people with Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative condition that causes tremors and rigidity, and L-dopa soon became the standard treatment for the illness. Denise Gellene, BostonGlobe.com, "Arvid Carlsson, 95; discovered a treatment for Parkinson’s," 2 July 2018 His parents blame the changes in his brain on chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE, a traumatic and degenerative brain disease detected in many older athletes. Deborah Horne, ajc, "Washington State football player had brain damage at suicide," 28 June 2018 Multiple strokes have left him with vascular dementia, a severe and degenerative neurological disease that has stripped Madison of his mental functions. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Cruelty of Executing the Sick and Elderly," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of degenerative

circa 1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of degenerative was circa 1846

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degenerative

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of degenerative

medical : causing the body or part of the body to become weaker or less able to function as time passes

degenerative

adjective
de·​gen·​er·​a·​tive | \ di-ˈjen-ə-ˌrāt-iv How to pronounce degenerative (audio) , -ˈjen-(ə-)rət- How to pronounce degenerative (audio) \

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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