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1. advancing.
2. increasing in scope or severity.


Going forward; advancing; denoting the course of a disease, especially, when unqualified, an unfavorable course.


1. Moving forward; advancing.
2. Proceeding in steps; continuing steadily by increments, as of a course of treatment.
3. Tending to become more severe or wider in scope, as of a disease or paralysis.


Etymology: L, progredi, to advance
describing the course of a disease or condition in which the characteristic signs and symptoms become more prominent and severe, such as progressive muscular atrophy.


Going forward; advancing; denoting the course of a disease, especially, when unqualified, an unfavorable course.


worsening (of disease)


advancing, increasing in scope and severity.

progressive ethmoid hematoma
see progressive nasal hematoma (below).
progressive interstitial pneumonia in sheep
see maedi.
progressive motor neuron disease
various forms of these diseases, all characterized by progressive paresis, paralysis and local muscle atrophy, progressive muscular dystrophy, are recorded in dogs (Brittany spaniel, Rottweiler, Swedish Lapland), horses, Brown Swiss calves, pigs (Yorkshire, Hampshire).
progressive nasal hematoma
a disease of horses characterized by epistaxis and nasal obstruction. The large hemorrhagic mass originates from the ethmoid region and has a high rate of recurrence after surgery. Called also hemorrhagic nasal polyp, progressive ethmoidal hematoma.
progressive posterior paralysis
see progressive ataxia.

Patient discussion about progressive

Q. Is there a way stopping caries progress? I'm 17 and I've recently noticed I have chalky white spots on the back of two of my teeth at the bottom. I go to the dentist regularly (I have braces at the minute) and I'm assuming he's seen them but he hasn't mentioned them. I'm just curious as to weather caries are treatable? Is there anything my dentist can do to stop it progressing into something worse?

A. Caries starts by demineralization of the enamel. The enamel is the hardest material in our body. The bacteria gets the mineral out of it and it becomes weak. Start as white color and continues to a black unpleasant color as it progresses into the tooth. If you rinse your mouth often with fluoride and brush your teeth properly- it will stop the demineralization and the fluoride will take the place of other minerals in the enamel. This will stop the caries and the white spot will slowly becomes black. This is a good situation- it’ll be harder then before.

Q. My friend has Progressive MS, he is bound to a wheelchair, Prognosis? How can I help? He must be moved by a Hoyer Lift, he has caregivers. He has a beautiful voice and does have enough ability to move in his chair around local community. He has some bad days with spacicity, I want to help but am unsure as to how? He is 60? or so and lives on his own, he has had MS for many years and a number of complications, such as pneumonia and decubitus. Please help me to help him!

A. There are a number of ideas and resources for social and recreational activities (i.e. wheelchair sports, dancing, travel, aviation, etc.) that may be helpful, which can be found at

Q. Having chronic headaches, start in base of neck and progresses to migraine, worse when lying on stomach. Why? I have been having chronic headaches for the past 2 weeks. They start in the base of my neck and become migraines. They intensify when I lay on my stomach, blood rushes and they throb. Sometimes I can give myself relief by pressing firmly on my head or keeping my neck in a certain position. Just wondering if anyone knows what might be causing them.

A. Pinched nerve, bad posture is my problem anyway. I have a pinched nerve in my neck and my posture is horrible which causes me to get the worst headaches and they always start at the base of the neck and I always thought I had great posture (set up straight and all), but I was soooo wrong. Check with a Doctor and seek help from a Chiropractor if possible. They can do wonders. But for now, try lying on your back with a pillow or towel rolled up and placed under your neck only. It will support your neck and give it a nice crack too that helps a good deal too. That also helps keep the headaches away. Do you get sick to your stomach when the headaches come on?

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In fact, the most important theories of progressivism used at least four models of explanation in order to justify social, political, economic and cultural aspects of the American state in the sense that these models had the power to make sense out of how things happened, evolved, functioned, and were organised.
The paradox may not inhere in every single progressive utterance or program, but it typifies progressivism as a whole.
Although progressivism has not been an active, official political movement for over 50 years, and its complete demise as a movement has been frequently predicted (Filene, 1975), its ideals and acolytes appear to be constantly able to resurrect themselves on because of recurrent economic and social crises in this country.
What is less clear is what this has to do with progressivism, a movement which is never clearly defined.
A transmissive approach, sometimes referred to as a traditional or conservative approach, reflects one of two major educational viewpoints that have emerged and present themselves in contemporary American public schools; the other viewpoint is that of progressivism (Doll, 1996).
To Brandeis, Zionism represented the ideals of American progressivism more so than Jew ish nationalism; modern businessmen methods must prevail over passionate speeches and abstract ideals.
based Christian Science Monitor called a ''symbol of Islamic progressivism.
23) The distinction between populism and progressivism is orthogonal to the more familiar distinction between "left" and "right.
Other books he has written include Terrorism, the Laws of War, and the Constitution: Debating the Enemy Combatant Cases (Hoover Institution Press, 2005), Varieties of Progressivism (Hoover Institution Press, 2004) and Varieties of Conservativism (Hoover Institution Press, 2004).
In New York, an incubator of progressivism, Kotkin reports, the ''wealthiest 1 percent earn a third of the entire city's personal income -- almost twice the proportion for the rest of the country.
Though light on prescription, in the end he advocates democratic progressivism as a pragmatic antidote to Americans romantic "democratic populism.
From Washington's conception of the Union to Wilson's attempt to appropriate Lincoln for his Progressivism goals, this provides college-level American history readers with essays that examine how constitutional ideals shape political choice.