Definition of degenerative in English:

degenerative

adjective

  • 1(of a disease) characterized by progressive deterioration and loss of function in the organs or tissues.

    • ‘Infectious diseases rather than chronic degenerative diseases were the order of the day, and the majority of the population lived in poverty and squalor.’
    • ‘Osteoarthritis is a form of degenerative arthritis that affects bone joints and develops slowly with age.’
    • ‘Almost 80 percent of persons over age 70 have degenerative joint disease.’
    • ‘This damage impairs the immune system, leading to infections, cancer, or degenerative diseases such as heart disease.’
    • ‘He had symptoms of degenerative arthritis but did not have evidence of joint effusions.’
    • ‘The scan showed areas of increased uptake in the lower spine, felt to be due to degenerative joint disease.’
    • ‘We have sympathy for people who are ill; people with tumours and heart disease and degenerative illnesses.’
    • ‘It is also called degenerative arthritis or wear-and-tear arthritis.’
    • ‘One woman went to an orthopedist for painful degenerative arthritis in her knee.’
    • ‘Alzheimer's is a progressive degenerative illness that damages brain cells and affects around 35000 people in Ireland.’
    • ‘For example, in our cohort, one subject was blind and another had a degenerative neuromuscular disease.’
    • ‘She had a particular interest in multiple sclerosis and in other chronic degenerative diseases of the nervous system.’
    • ‘Past history reveals degenerative arthritis, chronic neck and back pain.’
    • ‘This pain suggests a new disease burden of degenerative musculoskeletal disorders in future adults.’
    • ‘Creutzfeldt Jakob disease is a degenerative neurological disease with a long incubation period.’
    • ‘Ataxia telangiectasia is a progressive degenerative disease that involves a large number of major body systems.’
    • ‘Loss of the meniscal cartilage can lead to degenerative arthritis.’
    • ‘One patient suffered from extensive dental loss and degenerative arthritis of the spine.’
    • ‘The embryonic stem cells could then be used in transplantation therapy in patients with degenerative diseases of other tissues.’
    • ‘For Alzheimer's sufferers, the medical care is personal care, since it is an incurable degenerative disease.’
    emaciated, atrophied, withered, shrivelled, weak, weakened, frail, shrunken, skeletal, rickety, scrawny, cadaverous, wilted, faded, flagging, deteriorating
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    1. 1.1 Of or tending to decline and deterioration.
      ‘the young generation had fallen into a degenerative backslide’
      • ‘This is a degenerative situation and once started, the dominoes start falling and the entire defensive infrastructure collapses.’
      • ‘I think the terms ‘liberal’ and ‘conservative’ are simply degenerative.’
      • ‘What we see speaks volumes on our degenerative state of affairs.’

Pronunciation

degenerative

/dɪˈdʒɛn(ə)rətɪv/