Definition of degenerative in English:



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

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