degenerative

[ dih-jen-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv ]
/ dɪˈdʒɛn ər ə tɪv, -əˌreɪ tɪv /

adjective

tending to degenerate.
characterized by degeneration.

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Origin of degenerative

First recorded in 1840–50; degenerate + -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM degenerative

non·de·gen·er·a·tive, adjectiveun·de·gen·er·a·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nondegenerative

degenerative
/ (dɪˈdʒɛnəˌreɪtɪv) /

adjective

(of a disease or condition) getting steadily worse
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Medical definitions for nondegenerative

degenerative
[ dĭ-jĕnər-ə-tĭv ]

adj.

Of, relating to, causing, or characterized by degeneration.
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