Definition of Degenerative

1. Adjective. (of illness) marked by gradual deterioration of organs and cells along with loss of function. "Degenerative diseases of old age"

Similar to: Chronic
Derivative terms: Degenerate

Definition of Degenerative

1. a. Undergoing or producing degeneration; tending to degenerate.

Definition of Degenerative

1. Adjective. Characterized by or causing degeneration. ¹

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Definition of Degenerative

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Degenerative

1. Undergoing degeneration: tending to degenerate, having the character of or involving degeneration, causing or tending to cause degeneration. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Degenerative

degenerate code
degenerate configuration
degenerate matter
degenerative (current term)
degenerative arthritis
degenerative chorea
degenerative disc disease
degenerative disorder
degenerative index
degenerative inflammation
degenerative joint disease
degenerative myopia

Literary usage of Degenerative

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Mammalian Models for Research on Aging by Bennett J. Cohen, Institute Of Laboratory Animal Resources, National Research Council Staff (1981)
"degenerative JOINT DISEASE Definition degenerative joint disease ... Clinical and Pathological Manifestations degenerative joint disease is usually a benign ..."

2. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1894)
"Histologies! examination of the nervous system in cases where death had ensued, with pellagra present, revealed marked degenerative changes in the spinal ..."

3. Text-book of Ophthalmology by Ernst Fuchs (1911)
"V. degenerative PROCESSES. The line cannot be sharply drawn between simple degenerative processes and inflammatory processes that run a very chronic course. ..."

4. Clinical pathology of the blood: A Treatise on the General Principles and by James Ewing (1903)
"While degenerative changes in leucocytes have always been recognized as necessary processes in degenerating tissue in which the leucocytes were lodged, ..."

5. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1911)
"Myoma of the Uterus, with Special Reference to degenerative Changes.—According to DEAVER and PFEIFFER (Amer. Jour, of Obstet., 1911, ..."

6. A Text-book of Physiology for Medical Students and Physicians by William Henry Howell (1911)
"degenerative Changes in the Neuron on the Central Side of the Lesion. ... The immediate degenerative changes in the fibers in the central stump were ..."

7. Immigrant Health and the Community by Michael Marks Davis (1921)
"Material is available showing the nationalities affected by the degenerative diseases—pneumonia and the acute infections, and tuberculosis. ..."

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