American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, causing, or characterized by degeneration: a degenerative disease.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Tending to degenerate; of the nature of degeneration.
- adj. Characterized by or causing degeneration.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Undergoing or producing degeneration; tending to degenerate.
- adj. (of illness) marked by gradual deterioration of organs and cells along with loss of function
- degenerate + -ive (Wiktionary)
“- A rise in degenerative spinal conditions, which could be a result of demanding physical labor”
“Diet For The Chronically Ill. The chronically ill person has a long-term degenerative condition that is not immediately life threatening.”
“The most common arthritis affecting hips and knees, the two joints we will focus on here, is known as degenerative arthritis or osteoarthritis OA.”
“Some dementia diseases are reversible, but most of the time, it refers to degenerative or progressive dementia that can be caused by several different diseases.”
“The most hotly debated use of spinal fusion surgery centers on patients who merely suffer from aging disks, a condition known as degenerative disk disease.”
“Last month, Bob and I had our Canaan dogs tested for a landmark study to determine how widespread a genetic disorder called degenerative myelopathy is in this otherwise genetically-clean breed.”
“Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease, is the most common type.”
“Negro is deteriorating physically, or that the so-called degenerative influences of civilization affect him in greater degree than they do the white man.”
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“Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative joint disease, and it is associated with aging.”
“Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of the Orthopaedic Spine Service at Harborview Medical Center, discusses the results of conventional open decompression and fusion techniques for a disorder described as degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis and stenosis using evidence-based medicine techniques.”
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