Alzheimer's disease

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Etymology[edit]

Named after Alois Alzheimer (1864–1915), a German neurologist who described the disease in 1906.

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  • enPR: älts'hī-mə(r)z, IPA(key): /ˈɑːltshaɪmə(ɹ)z/
  • enPR: ălts'hī-mə(r)z, IPA(key): /ˈæltshaɪmə(ɹ)z/
  • enPR: ôlts'hī-mə(r)z, IPA(key): /ˈɔːltshaɪmə(ɹ)z/
  • enPR: ôlz'hī-mə(r)z, IPA(key): /ˈɔːlzhaɪmə(ɹ)z/
  • Rhymes: -iːz

Noun[edit]

Alzheimer's disease (uncountable)

  1. (neurology, pathology) A disorder involving loss of mental functions resulting from brain tissue changes; senile dementia of the Alzheimer's type.
    Synonyms: (abbreviation) AD, (informal) Alzheimer's, (slang, sometimes humorous or derogatory) old timer's disease, (especially formerly) senile dementia

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