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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



neurodegenerative disorder  listen  (NOOR-oh-dee-JEH-neh-ruh-tiv dis-OR-der)

  A type of disease in which cells of the central nervous system stop working or die. Neurodegenerative disorders usually get worse over time and have no cure. They may be genetic or be caused by a tumor or stroke. Neurodegenerative disorders also occur in people who drink large amounts of alcohol or are exposed to certain viruses or toxins. Examples of neurodegenerative disorders include Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.