neu·​ro·​de·​gen·​er·​a·​tive | \ ˌnu̇r-ō-di-ˈje-nə-rə-tiv How to pronounce neurodegenerative (audio) , -ˈjen-rə-; -ˈje-nə-ˌrā-; -dē-, ˌnyu̇r- \

Definition of neurodegenerative

: relating to or marked by degeneration of nervous tissue

Examples of neurodegenerative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That was expanded to include people with multiple sclerosis, incurable neurodegenerative diseases, ALS, terminal cancer and autism after Abbott signed HB 3703 in 2019. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, "High aspirations: Marijuana bills look to push Texas toward decriminalization, legalization in 2021," 29 Dec. 2020 Also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS is a rare and incurable progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Secret Santa in Idaho Surprises Struggling 65-Year-Old Grandmother With New Car," 23 Dec. 2020 The latter is a neurodegenerative disease linked to repetitive head trauma—including sub-concussive hits to the head that don’t cause obvious symptoms—that has been found in the brains of several high-profile athletes following their deaths. Patrick Hruby, Los Angeles Times, "Defining Stanford volleyball star Hayley Hodson’s post-concussion syndrome diagnosis," 8 Dec. 2020 This effect does not occur in people with neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson's disease. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "Decoding a Disorder at the Interface of Mind and Brain," 1 Nov. 2020 Quinn was first diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease in March 2013 at the age of 30. Mckay Bolden, CBS News, "Ice Bucket Challenge co-founder Pat Quinn has died at age 37 after battle with ALS," 23 Nov. 2020 Patrick Quinn, the co-founder of the challenge, has died at the age of 37 after his own seven-year battle with ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Claire Gillespie,, "Patrick Quinn, ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Co-Founder, Dies at 37—What to Know About the Disease," 23 Nov. 2020 Low vitamin D levels have also been connected to depression, anxiety, cardiovascular function, and neurodegenerative disorders. Marcia Desanctis, Vogue, "Why Vitamin D May Be the Secret to Staying Healthy This Winter," 23 Nov. 2020 Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as ALS, is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease. Laura Ly, CNN, "Pat Quinn, the co-founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, dies at 37," 22 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of neurodegenerative

1907, in the meaning defined above

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“Neurodegenerative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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

Medical Definition of neurodegenerative

: relating to or characterized by degeneration of nervous tissue

Other Words from neurodegenerative

neurodegeneration \ -​di-​ˌjen-​ə-​ˈrā-​shən, -​ˌdē-​ How to pronounce neurodegenerative (audio) \ noun

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