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Alzheimer's disease [(ahlts-heye-muhrz, alts-heye-muhrz, awlts-heye-muhrz)]

A disease in which mental capacity decreases because of the breakdown of brain cells.

Note: Alzheimer's disease is a major cause of loss of intellectual function in middle-aged and elderly people.
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