alzheimer's disease

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Alzheimer's disease Alz·hei·mer's disease (älts'hī-mərz, ālts'-, ôlts'-)
n.
A degenerative disease of the brain, characterized by clumps of neurofibrils and microscopic brain lesions and by confusion, disorientation, memory failure, and speech disturbances, and resulting in progressive loss of mental capacity.

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