degenerative degenerative  /dɪ ˈdʒɛ nə rə tɪv/


  • (adj) (of illness) marked by gradual deterioration of organs and cells along with loss of function


  1. One of the reasons man does not live a dog's full life is a group of degenerative diseases that attack the heart, kidneys, brain and arteries in middle-and old-age.
  2. For years, the degenerative brain illness that came to be known as Alzheimer's Disease was barely understood.
  3. More important, Parkinson's is a degenerative condition, which means that while DBS neutralizes tremors, the brain continues to deteriorate beneath the mask of the treatment.


  1. Estes Park Medical Center can help you get back in the game

    The structure of the human body is made up of hundreds of bones, joints, and muscles. In the game of life, when one of these gets injured, either through trauma, injury from sports, or degenerative disease, the entire body feels the effects.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Estes Park Trail Gazette

  2. Former Mass. Gov. Paul Cellucci Dies Of Lou Gehrig’s Disease

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Argeo Paul Cellucci has died at his home after a five-year battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. He was 65 years old. Cellucci was governor of Massachusetts from 1997 to 2001. He died Saturday in his Hudson home of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), an incurable degenerative neurological disease. Prior to his tenure as governor, he [...] Former Mass. Gov. Paul Cellucci ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: The Inquisitr

  3. Paul Cellucci, former governor and US ambassador to Canada, dies at 65 from ALS

    Argeo Paul Cellucci, a Hudson native who rose from a small-town selectman to become governor of Massachusetts and later US ambassador to Canada, died at home this afternoon after a five-year battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 65. Mr. Cellucci, who served as governor from 1997 to 2001, died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a degenerative and incurable neurological condition, in his ...
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Boston Globe


  1. "As you know, I have a degenerative condition," said Ms MacDonald, 64. "And I would like to have the right to determine by how much my capacity to fulfil my social function, my familial functions, my personal functions is going to be...
    on Mar 27, 2008 By: Margo MacDonald Source: Independent

  2. "The donations will allow us to understand the long-term effects of concussion in terms of degenerative brain disease," Stern said. "We'll also hopefully understand what puts people at greater risk for developing it."
    on Sep 24, 2008 By: Robert AM Stern Source: Newsday

  3. "Mental illness can arrest the full maturation of the frontal lobe, while degenerative illness can damage it," Prof Pantelis said. "This area of the brain is used to analyse and identify smells so an abnormal sense of smell may indicate...
    on Dec 4, 2006 By: Christos Pantelis Source:

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