Degeneration definition

dĭ-jĕnə-rāshən
(medicine) Gradual deterioration of specific tissues, cells, or organs with corresponding impairment or loss of function, caused by injury, disease, or aging.
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The state of being degenerate.
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(med.) Deterioration in structure or function of cells, tissues, or organs, as in disease or aging.
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The process of degenerating.
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The process of degenerating.
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(biology) The evolutionary decline or loss of a function, characteristic, or structure in an organism or species.
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(electronics) Loss of or gain in power in an amplifier caused by unintentional negative feedback.
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The process of degenerating.
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A degenerate condition.
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(biol.) Deterioration or loss of a function or structure in the course of evolution, as in the vestigial eyes of many cave animals.
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The state of being degenerate.
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(biology) The evolutionary decline or loss of a function, characteristic, or structure in an organism or species.
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(uncountable) The process or state of growing worse, or the state of having become worse.
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(uncountable) That condition of a tissue or an organ in which its vitality has become either diminished or perverted; a substitution of a lower for a higher form of structure.

Fatty degeneration of the liver.

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(uncountable) Gradual deterioration, from natural causes, of any class of animals or plants or any particular organ or organs; hereditary degradation of type.
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(countable) A thing that has degenerated.
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(medicine) Gradual deterioration of specific tissues, cells, or organs with corresponding impairment or loss of function, caused by injury, disease, or aging.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
degeneration
Plural:
degenerations

Origin of degeneration

  • From French dégénération, from Latin degeneratio.

    From Wiktionary