Definition of Alzheimer's in US English:

Alzheimer's

(also Alzheimer's disease)

noun

  • 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.

    • ‘They were isolated from the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease more than 15 years ago.’
    • ‘Consequently, our procedure can identify people that will develop Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia.’
    • ‘Doohan died on Wednesday, aged 85, from Alzheimer's disease and pneumonia.’
    • ‘Is there a link between flu shots and an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease?’
    • ‘Neither treatment reduced the rate of progression to Alzheimer's disease.’
    • ‘After several operations his health declined when he developed Alzheimer's disease.’
    • ‘It's one of the few therapies now available for Alzheimer's disease, for example.’
    • ‘Elderly people who eat fish or seafood at least once a week are at lower risk of developing dementia, including 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.’
    • ‘Parkinson's disease or Alzheimer's disease can make people lose their sense of smell.’
    • ‘Acupuncture may help Alzheimer's disease by slowing down the deterioration of the brain cells.’
    • ‘The compounds are also thought to fight aging, arthritis and 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.’
    • ‘The cognitive changes in this dementia differ from those in Alzheimer's disease.’
    • ‘There is no known cure for Alzheimer's disease, treatment is based on reducing symptoms.’
    • ‘Advances have been made in the clinical diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease.’
    • ‘Studies have shown some benefit to the use of estrogen in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.’
    • ‘It is important for a person to be tested for Alzheimer's disease early in the disease process.’
    • ‘Long term use may protect against colorectal cancer and delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease.’
    decrepitude, infirmity, feebleness, unsteadiness, senescence, decline, old age, dotage, second childhood, confusion, alzheimer's disease, senile dementia
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Origin

Early 20th century: named after Alois Alzheimer (1864–1915), the German neurologist who first identified it.

Pronunciation

Alzheimer's

/ˈältsˌhīmərz//ˈɑltsˌhaɪmərz/