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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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The boundary marking or identity assertion function of the tenets of progressivism is strongly indicated by the constant repetition in progressivist writing about education of the contrast between these and what is styled as the characteristics of 'traditional' teachingthat is, the credo of the outsiders, the 'not us'.
I conclude that the Court has a favoured method of constitutional interpretation for rights cases (a progressivist reading), and the implication of the judgments in this case evidence that a balancing test for cases involving the legislative curtailment of a right has been implicitly established.
80) Rather, I will focus my attention on the more plausible arguments turning on progressivist interpretative tools which are explained below.
In the United States and elsewhere in the world, a specific curriculum is being taught with so-called progressivist methods: hands-on learning, concern for the individual student, projects, and field trips.
One need not be a naive progressivist to notice that some polities in today's world are relatively more just and less corrupt than others.
Chapter 3 is especially focused upon questions of historical method: Freccero analyzes the biases involved in emphasizing alterity in writing history; insists upon the inseparability of gender and sexuality as historical categories of analysis; cautions against progressivist, teleological, or taxonomic linear historical narratives; and foregrounds the importance of incorporating fictional texts, or the literary, in our writing about past sexualities.
One vision he labeled orthodox or traditionalist and the other he labeled progressivist.
Marwick's The Nature of History, an oft-reprinted ode to what is sometimes misguidedly called historio-graphical positivism (a bad label that conflates empirical methodology and a critical approach to evidence with grand progressivist social theories in the Comtean tradition), was first published in 1970, making him a late entrant into the debates covered in Michael Bentley's new book, the terminal year of which is also 1970.
Stakeholders with a progressivist orientation believe that education is about the discovery of 'facts' through 'logical' inquiry, and the learning of facts and skills that are most relevant to them in their relationship to the world as they are taught to perceive it.
Gustavo Gutierrez, "Two Theological Perspectives: Liberation Theology and Progressivist Theology," The Emergent Gospel: Theology from the Developing World, eds.
He added: "The change in the curriculum and in the pupil profile is based on a progressivist approach to education which is now going to turn away from independent measurements, such as the transfer test, to ideas such as comment-only marking.
Hamilton's politics is, in his own words, progressivist and, like progressivism of old, it is a soup of left, liberal and conservative views.