degeneration Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun the process of declining from a higher to a lower level of effective power or vitality or essential quality
noun the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities
decadence; decadency; degeneracy.
noun passing from a more complex to a simpler biological form
The act or state of growing worse, or the state of having become worse; decline; degradation; debasement; degeneracy; deterioration.
Our degeneration and apostasy. Bates.
(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. degenerationof the liver
(Biol.) A gradual deterioration, from natural causes, of any class of animals or plants or any particular or organs; hereditary degradation of type.
The thing degenerated.R.
Cockle, aracus, . . . and other degenerations. Sir T. Browne.
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