Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to degenerative: degenerative arthritis, degenerative joint disease


(dĕ'jen'ĕr-ă-tiv), Negative or pejorative connotations of this word may render it offensive in some contexts.
Relating to degeneration.


Of, relating to, causing, or characterized by degeneration: a degenerative disease.


Etymology: L, degenerare, to become unlike others
pertaining to or involving degeneration or change to a lower or dysfunctional form.


Relating to degeneration.


Degenerative disorders involve progressive impairment of both the structure and function of part of the body.
Mentioned in: Shy-Drager Syndrome


(dĕ-jen'ĕr-ă-tiv) Negative or pejorative connotations of this word may render it offensive in some contexts.
Relating to degeneration.


pertaining to or emanating from degeneration. See also arthropathy, axonopathy, encephalomalacia, degenerative joint disease, myeloencephalopathy, myopathy, osteoarthritis.

avian degenerative joint disease
common in coxofemoral joints of mature male turkeys and meat chickens.
degenerative disease
a disease in which the sole pathogenesis is degeneration; that is without the intervention of other pathogeneses, e.g. inflammation, traumatic injury, neoplasia.
degenerative joint disease
see degenerative joint disease.
degenerative left shift
an increase in immature neutrophilic granulocytes, in excess of mature cells of the series, with a normal or increased white blood cell count. A poor prognostic sign, indicating an inability of the bone marrow to respond adequately to infection.
degenerative myopathy
due to ischemia in well-conditioned cattle which are recumbent for 24 hours or more; affected muscles are pale, the serum creatine phosphokinase and glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase levels are markedly elevated for brief periods; commonly the condition is irreversible.
degenerative myopathy of turkeys
degenerative osteoarthritis
probably inherited in cattle; degeneration with erosion of joint surfaces, especially the stifle joint, and especially in Holstein-Friesian and Jersey cattle. Lameness develops gradually in adults, accompanied by local muscle atrophy, joint enlargement.
degenerative pannus
see chronic superficial keratitis.

Patient discussion about degenerative

Q. Is bipolar degenerative? Does it get worse with age? What can I do with this? Is bipolar degenerative? Does it get worse with age? I am with type II but I get in to severe depression at times. My mania is in short spurts but increasing in intensity. What can I do with this?

A. Thank you for sharing your experience richguys... I hope that you find a treatment soon that eleviates the symptoms you have been experiencing... I'll be thinking about you.

Q. Is degenerative disc disease and arthritis the same thing? My husband was recently in a auto accident at work. They did a CT Scan of his head and neck. The doctor said that the CT Scan found that he has arthritis in his neck. After receiving the report ourselves to take to another doctor it reads: "There is minimal early degenerative disc disease with osteophyte formation predominately at C5-6. " My husband never had a problem with his neck before the accident

A. I was suffering from pain for 2 years and undergoing numerous test for causes when a trip to a neurologist for migraines gave me an answer. FINALLY! This was in July of this year so I am still learning and finding out about fibromyalgia but I do know in the last couple of years there has been a greater acceptance BUT there are still a lot of doctors not being supportive (from experience and talking with others) and the public in general can be unaccepting b/c you look healthy, seem to be healthy and they can not understand why you are in pain that "can't be explained!" I encourage suffers of fibro to find support within their peers! it really helps to talk to people that understand! That's what brought me to this site to start with and I am so glad I found it!

Q. I am interested in information on working with fibromyalgiaI am having problems just coping at home! I have had 2 c-spine surgeries in 2 years, have degenerative disc disease, maigrains with nuurological tendencies, fatigue, deppression and fibromyalgia. I can't stand for long , sit for long, just making it through my daily life is stressful enough how do people manage to work? I have been off since August of last year but wan to feel well enough so I can return to the working world, Any suggestions? Tried Lyrica, doctor took me off the side affects for me were terrible!

A. I had a cervical spinal fusion, C4-5,C5-6 and a SLAP repair of my left shoulder. Initially after the fusion the headaches and tinlging went away and then 4 months later, while in a PT work conditioning prorgam, the headaches returned, along with nausea, vomiting and vertigo. My doctor basically ignored the symptoms for the last 5 months and I was finally referred to a neurologist who is treating me with Lyrica and Imitrex. The side effects are brutal and it has come done to living with the headaches and other symptoms vs. living in a fog unable to function. I have come to realize that there is no magic "fix" and all the meds mask the stymptoms temporarily but it's a tradeoff when you consider the side effects and possible long term health issues from meds such as Lyrica that have no research as far as long term health conditions. I found a natural remedy called Headache Free and I'm giving it a try.....good luck because I know exactly how debilitative these symptoms are

More discussions about degenerative
References in periodicals archive ?
Because blindness is never possible to be prevented, it is crucial to promote early intervention for the treatment of degenerative eye diseases and funding research to find new treatments and clinical trials," the PRS's general secretary Christakis Nicolaides said.
Identify and understand important and diverse types of therapeutics under development for Degenerative Disc Disease
The cells need glucose but do not want too much lactate, an acid which hinders the nutrition process and can kick-start the degenerative process.
Spondylolysthesis, a condition in which one vertebra slips forward on another, may result from a degenerative condition or an accident, or may be acquired at birth.
Throughout this article, references have been made to the variability of severity of the conditions associated with the degenerative process of the ear and the variation in responses to these conditions.
The following survey excerpts will provide a glimpse into the types of degenerative symptoms that some of deaf-blind adults with CRS are exhibiting.
It also reviews key players involved in the therapeutic development for Degenerative Disc Disease.
Historically, patients with significant degenerative disc or facet disease undergo surgical interventions that often involve fusion of one vertebra to another.
The subjects with a family history of degenerative knee arthritis were found to have more bone area in the medial tibial region near the knee joint.
Based in Australia, incorporated in 1997 and listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in March 2000, Prana Biotechnology (NASDAQ: PRNAF; ASX: PBT) was established to commercialize research into Alzheimer's disease and other major age-related degenerative disorders.
To a room of shocked reporters, Stevens said degenerative arthritis in his right knee was unbearable.
Heart disease isn't the only degenerative condition linked to low gamma-tocopherol.