Definition of Alzheimer's in English:


(also Alzheimer's disease)


  • Progressive mental deterioration that can occur in middle or old age, due to generalized degeneration of the brain. It is the most common cause of premature senility.

    • ‘Acupuncture may help Alzheimer's disease by slowing down the deterioration of the brain cells.’
    • ‘Is there a link between flu shots and an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease?’
    • ‘Rabbits fed diets rich in cholesterol develop many of the features of Alzheimer's disease, so they are used to model the disease.’
    • ‘Elderly people who eat fish or seafood at least once a week are at lower risk of developing dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.’
    • ‘They were isolated from the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease more than 15 years ago.’
    • ‘It's one of the few therapies now available for Alzheimer's disease, for example.’
    • ‘After several operations his health declined when he developed Alzheimer's disease.’
    • ‘Consequently, our procedure can identify people that will develop Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia.’
    • ‘The cognitive changes in this dementia differ from those in Alzheimer's disease.’
    • ‘Parkinson's disease or Alzheimer's disease can make people lose their sense of smell.’
    • ‘Doohan died on Wednesday, aged 85, from Alzheimer's disease and pneumonia.’
    • ‘Long term use may protect against colorectal cancer and delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease.’
    • ‘Neither treatment reduced the rate of progression to Alzheimer's disease.’
    • ‘Studies have shown some benefit to the use of estrogen in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.’
    • ‘Advances have been made in the clinical diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease.’
    • ‘The compounds are also thought to fight aging, arthritis and Alzheimer's disease.’
    • ‘It is known that head injury is a risk factor, and also that Alzheimer's disease often affects people with Down's syndrome.’
    • ‘Smokers may have twice the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease as do people who have never smoked.’
    • ‘It is important for a person to be tested for Alzheimer's disease early in the disease process.’
    • ‘There is no known cure for Alzheimer's disease, treatment is based on reducing symptoms.’
    decrepitude, infirmity, feebleness, unsteadiness, senescence, decline, old age, dotage, second childhood, confusion, senile dementia
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Early 20th century: named after Alois Alzheimer (1864–1915), German neurologist who first identified it.