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Dictionary of Cancer Terms

View in Spanish: Enfermedad degenerativa

Degenerative disease (dih-JEH-neh-ruh-tiv dih-ZEEZ)
A disease in which the function or structure of the affected tissues or organs changes for the worse over time. Osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer disease are examples.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.