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But the degenerative disc disease that has plagued him all his life acted up again, and the house just is no longer a good fit for him.
Hawking was frequently frank about his battle with ALS, a degenerative neurological disease that often proves fatal.
Hawking owed part of his fame to his triumph over amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a degenerative disease that eats away at the nervous system.
Stephen Hawking, the British physicist whose body was chained to a wheelchair by the ravages of a degenerative neuromuscular disease, but whose mind soared to the boundaries of the universe and beyond, died Wednesday morning in Cambridge, England.
Although his degenerative disease progressively crippled him and robbed him of speech, Hawking did more than survive.
When he was diagnosed with a degenerative motor disease at the age of 21, Hawking was given just a few years to live.
Last year, doctors prescribed the herb to about 25,000 patients suffering from cancer, epilepsy, post-traumatic stress and degenerative diseases.
Diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease, keratoconus, in 2008, Pham has had to painstakingly manage his vision for the last 10 years.
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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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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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