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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.


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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For one thing, her proposition that certain formal elements (notably, prologues that address the audience directly, and what she terms the 'overseeing gaze') are closely tied to Progressivism and its goals shows signs of strain--not least because such features can be found in cinema and other media long before and after the period under discussion.
Second, an analytics of progressivism must reveal certain standards in theoretical orientation specific to the progressive attitude; some scholars argue that in the 1870s the academia supported the industrial capitalist ideology: the theoretical orientation of progressivism in this period was in favour of reformism and functionalism, including here the literary realism and the pragmatic view in philosophy.
THE ORIGINAL PROGRESSIVISM arose in the 1880s and 1890s and flourished during the first two decades of the 20th century.
Progressivism is a political movement born in the early 20th century as a reaction to the excesses of the American industrialism and expansionism.
All three categories are placed within the larger progressive movement in America prior to World War I with pedagogical progressivism viewed as receding in influence after 1920.
is fundamentally different due to the domination of a larger intellectual stream that he calls social progressivism.
The middlebrow has, for the better part of a century, been denigrated as "'effeminate,' 'polluted by commerce,' 'mediocre,' or 'sentimental,'" Jaime Harker explains in America the Middlebrow: Women's Novels, Progressivism, and Middlebrow Authorship between the Wars.
Pedagogical progressivism has taken over ed school rhetoric but not school practice.
3) Such progressivism does not need consensus on whether God is the name of the possible, its source or its realization, whether God is omnipotent, weak or alluring.
In a nutshell, she argues that Spitzer is pursuing traditional progressive ends with prosecutorial means, all the while carefully modeling his progressivism on historical figures (Republicans included) in a way that tidily insulates him from charges that he's an old-style anti-business Democrat.
I'm going to miss Molly Ivins's page, but I love my country and my church too much to contribute to a magazine that confuses progressivism with hate.
He contends that such progressivism was evident in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) throughout the twentieth century, grounded in a belief that moral transformation was possible through the transformation of individuals.