- the process of degenerating.
- the condition or state of being degenerate.
- a process by which a tissue deteriorates, loses functional activity, and may become converted into or replaced by other kinds of tissue.
- the condition produced by such a process.
- the process of degenerating
- the state of being degenerate
- biology the loss of specialization, function, or structure by organisms and their parts, as in the development of vestigial organs
- impairment or loss of the function and structure of cells or tissues, as by disease or injury, often leading to death (necrosis) of the involved part
- the resulting condition
- electronics negative feedback of a signal
c.1600, from French dégéneration (15c.) or directly from Late Latin degenerationem (nominative degeneratio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin degenerare (see degenerate (adj.)).
- The gradual deterioration of specific tissues, cells, or organs with impairment or loss of function, caused by injury, disease, or aging.
- The evolutionary decline or loss of a function, characteristic, or structure in an organism or a species.