[dih-jen-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv]
tending to degenerate.
characterized by degeneration.

1840–50; degenerate + -ive

nondegenerative, adjective
undegenerative, adjective Unabridged
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degenerative (dɪˈdʒɛnəˌreɪtɪv)
(of a disease or condition) getting steadily worse

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Word Origin & History

from L. degenerat-, pp. stem of degenerare (see degenerate) + -ive.
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Medical Dictionary

degenerative de·gen·er·a·tive (dĭ-jěn'ər-ə-tĭv)
Of, relating to, causing, or characterized by degeneration.

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Example sentences
Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative illness of the brain.
But the list of ailments that are being worked on leans towards the chronic,
  expensive degenerative diseases of old age.
We also will turn genes on and off to treat cancer, as well as auto-immune and
  other degenerative diseases.
They do not seem to suffer from degenerative bone loss or muscle cramping
  despite months spent in small quarters.
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