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English Dictionary: degeneration by the DICT Development Group
2 results for degeneration
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. the process of declining from a higher to a lower level of effective power or vitality or essential quality
    Synonym(s): degeneration, devolution
    Antonym(s): development, evolution
  2. the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities
    Synonym(s): degeneracy, degeneration, decadence, decadency
  3. passing from a more complex to a simpler biological form
    Synonym(s): degeneration, retrogression
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Degeneration \De*gen`er*a"tion\, n. [Cf. F.
      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.
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