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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Examples of neurodegenerative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to Alzheimer’s, tau has been linked to other neurodegenerative diseases, including traumatic brain injuries. Lauren Caruba,, "San Antonio researchers recognized for advances in Alzheimer’s, wound care," 5 Dec. 2019 In 2014, Yankner’s laboratory also reported that patients with neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s have lower levels of REST. Quanta Magazine, "Longevity Linked to Proteins That Calm Overexcited Neurons," 26 Nov. 2019 It has been discovered that CBG can help protect neurons, which can be useful in treating many neurodegenerative diseases. Nicole Skrobin,, "What you need to know about the healing benefits of marijuana’s CBG," 22 Nov. 2019 Its first lead drug, ANX005, could treat autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases. Brian Gormley, WSJ, "Biotech Startup Annexon Rounds Up $75 Million Series C," 19 Dec. 2018 Yes, declining participation at the youth level remains a concern for the NFL, as parents struggle with when -- or even whether -- to let their kids play a game that can lead to neurodegenerative diseases like chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: All those predictions of the NFL's impending demise now seem quite silly," 14 Nov. 2019 The neurodegenerative disease that leads to brain cell degeneration and a decline in cognitive functions is estimated to kill a third of US seniors, which is more than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. Kevin Hrusovsky, Quartz, "The most promising breakthrough in Alzheimer’s treatment is not a drug," 14 Nov. 2019 The findings have implications for neurodegenerative diseases, which are thought to be caused by build-up of toxic proteins in the brain, such as amyloid-Beta in Alzheimer’s disease. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "Deep Sleep Gives Your Brain a Deep Clean," 1 Nov. 2019 The quercetin in black and red grapes has been shown to protect against neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "7 Health Benefits of Grapes," 25 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of neurodegenerative

1907, in the meaning defined above

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“Neurodegenerative.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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 neurodegeneration (audio) \ noun

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