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Of, relating to, causing, or characterized by degeneration: a degenerative disease.
(Pathology) (of a disease or condition) getting steadily worse
de•gen•er•a•tive(dɪˈdʒɛn ər ə tɪv, -əˌreɪ tɪv)
1. tending to degenerate.
2. characterized by degeneration.
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|Adj.||1.||degenerative - (of illness) marked by gradual deterioration of organs and cells along with loss of function; "degenerative diseases of old age"|
chronic - being long-lasting and recurrent or characterized by long suffering; "chronic indigestion"; "a chronic shortage of funds"; "a chronic invalid"