degeneration as the result of disuse, malnutrition, etc.
disposition to disintegrate as the result of natural processes. — biodegradable, adj.
the condition of being perishable. —caducous
the condition of being decayed or carious, especially with regard to teeth.
the destructive process of metabolism in which living matter is turned into waste. —catabolic
a breaking down; disruption. —cataclasmic
the process of decay or deterioration. See also change
degeneration of cells or tissues. —cataplastic, adj.
the stage of decline in organic development.
the degeneration of cells. —cytolytic
the state or quality of being susceptible to breakdown or decomposition. —degradable, adj.
the belief that the universe is gradually breaking down. See also meliorism
the condition of being fugacious or transitory; evanescence. —fugacious
the branch of biology that studies aging and its phenomena. Also gereology
, geratologous, adj.
the disintegration or dissolution of organic tissues. —histolytic, adj.
the process of coming apart, especially falling into ruin or decay.
the decomposition of cells by antibodies called lysins.
atrophy or wasting away of the muscles.
the death or decay of body tissue, the result of loss of blood supply or trauma. —necrotic
depreciation, loss, or diminution in value, quality, etc.
the breakdown of matter or materials under the influence of light. —photolytic
the state or process of rotting or putrefying.
rotting or putrefying matter. —putrescent
a gradual wasting away of the body or of any organ or part of the body.
the wasting of the body, as in consumption. —syntectic
, syntectical, adj.
the process of emaciation or wasting of the body.
the condition of being wasted or in decay, especially as a gradual process. —tabescent
the state of being affected by tabes, i.e., gradual wasting or decay.