neu·​ro·​de·​gen·​er·​a·​tive ˌnu̇r-ō-di-ˈje-nə-rə-tiv How to pronounce neurodegenerative (audio)
: relating to or marked by degeneration of nervous tissue

Examples of neurodegenerative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When this machinery fails, protein aggregates can devastate entire neural networks, snuffing out communication and leading to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and ALS. Quanta Magazine, 13 May 2024 Inflammation, which has been linked to the beginning stages of dementia and neurodegenerative diseases, is something that longevity specialists seek to avoid or reduce in clients. Molly Peck, USA TODAY, 12 May 2024 Research is mounting that this type of entrenched loneliness is bad for our health and can even change our brains, raising the risk for neurodegenerative diseases. Dana G. Smith, New York Times, 9 May 2024 By Alice Park May 2, 2024 8:06 AM EDT It’s been a long time since there was good news about Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative condition that affects more than 8 million people worldwide. TIME, 2 May 2024 In the 1980s, concerns about bovine spongiform encephalopathy — or mad cow disease — took hold across Europe, when cases of the incurable and invariably fatal neurodegenerative disease of cattle began to appear. Susanne Rust, Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2024 Olive oil can also combat oxidative stress, which harms brain health and can trigger neurodegenerative diseases. Alexa Mikhail, Fortune Well, 13 Feb. 2024 Laboratory studies have found that dates are helpful for lowering inflammatory markers in the brain, which could help lower the risk of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and could even improve memory and learning. Sina Petri, Vogue, 9 Apr. 2024 Moreover, repetitive rapid finger tapping is a common test of fine motor control of the upper extremities as well as a standard means of assessing the potential effects of neurodegenerative disease and traumatic brain injury. Sabrina Sholts, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of neurodegenerative was in 1907

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“Neurodegenerative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


neu·​ro·​de·​gen·​er·​a·​tive -di-ˈjen-ə-ˌrāt-iv, -di-ˈjen-(ə-)rət- How to pronounce neurodegenerative (audio)
: relating to or characterized by degeneration of nervous tissue
neurodegeneration noun
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