Definition of degenerative in English:


Syllabification: de·gen·er·a·tive
Pronunciation: /diˈjenərətiv, -əˌrātiv


  • 1(Of a disease or symptom) characterized by progressive, often irreversible deterioration, and loss of function in the organs or tissues: degenerative diseases
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    • The embryonic stem cells could then be used in transplantation therapy in patients with degenerative diseases of other tissues.
    • Ataxia telangiectasia is a progressive degenerative disease that involves a large number of major body systems.
    • This damage impairs the immune system, leading to infections, cancer, or degenerative diseases such as heart disease.
  • 1.1Of or tending to decline and deterioration: the young generation had fallen into a degenerative backslide
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    • 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.
    • I think the terms ‘liberal’ and ‘conservative’ are simply degenerative.

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