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Alzheimer's

Line breaks: Alz|heim¦er's
Pronunciation: /ˈaltshʌɪməz
 
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(also Alzheimer's disease)

Definition of Alzheimer's in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Progressive mental deterioration that can occur in middle or old age, due to generalized degeneration of the brain. It is the commonest cause of premature senility.
Example sentences
  • They were isolated from the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease more than 15 years ago.
  • 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.

Origin

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

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