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[dih-jen-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv] /dɪˈdʒɛn ər ə tɪv, -əˌreɪ tɪv/

tending to .
characterized by degeneration.
(of a disease or condition) getting steadily worse

1846; see degenerate + -ive.

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


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