degenerative disease

A disease in which the function or structure of the affected tissues or organs changes for the worse over time. Osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer disease are examples.

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  • Degenerative disease — A degenerative disease, also called neurodegenerative disease, is a disease in which the function or structure of the affected tissues or organs will progressively deteriorate over time, whether due to normal bodily wear or lifestyle choices such …   Wikipedia

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  • degenerative — [[t]dɪʤe̱nərətɪv[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n A degenerative disease or condition is one that gets worse as time progresses. ...degenerative diseases of the brain, like Alzheimer s …   English dictionary

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  • degenerative — adjective Date: circa 1846 of, relating to, involving, or causing degeneration < a degenerative disease > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • degenerative — adj. tending to cause progressive deterioration of mental and physical functioning (i.e. degenerative disease) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • degenerative — UK [dɪˈdʒen(ə)rətɪv] / US adjective a degenerative disease is one that gradually gets worse …   English dictionary

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