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

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Prothena also recently partnered with Celgene to develop new neurodegenerative disease drugs. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "Prothena scraps lead drug following mid-stage study failure," 23 Apr. 2018 Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects dopamine-producing neurons in the brain. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Cancer survivor left crippled by treatment undergoes life-saving surgery," 27 Aug. 2018 Click to Read Story A Rare Disease Won’t Keep This Mountain Man Off the Trails Ben LeNail has the neurodegenerative disease ALD, but a daily exercise regimen and Pilates help him stay healthy and active. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "She’s Powerlifting at 76, So You’re Officially Out of Excuses," 29 Dec. 2018 Studies of concussions and their long-term impact—specifically, the risk of the neurodegenerative disease CTE—have rocked the NFL and filtered down to the roots of the sport. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Would You Watch Football Without All the Violence?," 21 Nov. 2018 Ideally the Mayo Clinic, which maintains a bank of brains ravaged by neurodegenerative diseases down in Jacksonville, Florida. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 That said, extra virgin olive oil (among others, such as corn oil) has also been linked to decreasing risk of dementia, cognitive decline and neurodegenerative diseases for the same reasons. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "8 Claims You've Heard About Coconut Oil That Aren't True," 21 Feb. 2017 The pair began working together in 2014 on cancers and neurodegenerative disease, CNBC’s Sara Salinas and Angelica LaVito report. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: 'We will hold you accountable.' Democrats grill Azar on family separations," 27 June 2018 Small studies have linked exposure to liver cancer — one toxin is classified as a carcinogen, and others have pointed to potential links to neurodegenerative disease. Tom James,, "Warming drives spread of toxic algae in U.S., researchers say," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of neurodegenerative

1907, in the meaning defined above

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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

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

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