- tending to degenerate.
- characterized by degeneration.
Origin of degenerative
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Examples from the Web for degenerative
In this degenerative illness, patients lose the function of the left half of their brain.Jonah Lehrer’s Imagine Explores Creativity for Capitalists
March 15, 2012
I learned that he had a degenerative disease and might not live long enough even to finish his Ph.D. degree.Stephen Hawking 70th-Birthday Salute
January 8, 2012
The cop had read a newspaper story about Lanza, and had a teenage son who was slowly going blind from a degenerative eye disease.Saving Sight, Testing Faith
May 16, 2011
He was elevated by hope for an antidote to what felt like a toxic, degenerative condition.The Zero-Sacrifice Presidency
December 4, 2009
These organisms were described as "Laveran's degenerative forms."Spontaneous Activity in Education
At first, the degenerative process was regarded as suppurative.
What influences of a degenerative nature are likely to affect them?Embryology
Gerald R. Leighton
The continual brutality around me was degenerative in its effect.The Sea-Wolf
Rather it is looked upon as a degenerative process affecting the arteries following a variety of causes more or less ill defined.Arteriosclerosis and Hypertension:
Louis Marshall Warfield
- (of a disease or condition) getting steadily worse
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Word Origin and History for degenerative
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of, relating to, causing, or characterized by degeneration.
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