degeneration

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Degeneration \De*gen'er*a"tion\, noun [Cf. F. d['e]g['e]n['e]ration.]

1. The act or state of growing worse, or the state of having become worse; decline; degradation; debasement; degeneracy; deterioration.

Our degeneration and apostasy. --Bates.

2. (Physiol.) 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; as, fatty degeneration of the liver.

3. (Biol.) A gradual deterioration, from natural causes, of any class of animals or plants or any particular organ or organs; hereditary degradation of type.

4. The thing degenerated. [R.]

Cockle, aracus, . . . and other degenerations. --Sir T. Browne.

{Amyloid degeneration}, {Caseous degeneration}, etc. See under {Amyloid}, {Caseous}, etc.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

degeneration

noun

1: the process of declining from a higher to a lower level of effective power or vitality or essential quality [syn: {degeneration}, {devolution}] [ant: {development}, {evolution}]

2: the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities [syn: {degeneracy}, {degeneration}, {decadence}, {decadency}]

3: passing from a more complex to a simpler biological form [syn: {degeneration}, {retrogression}]


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