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Origin of degenerate

1485鈥95; <Latin d膿gener膩tus (past participle of d膿gener膩re to decline from an ancestral standard), equivalent to d膿de- + gener-, stem of genus race (see genus) + -膩tus-ate1; see generate

OTHER WORDS FROM degenerate

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How to use degenerate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for degenerate

degenerate

verb (d瑟藞d蕭蓻n蓹藢re瑟t) (intr)
to become degenerate
biology (of organisms or their parts) to become less specialized or functionally useless
adjective (d瑟藞d蕭蓻n蓹r瑟t)
noun (d瑟藞d蕭蓻n蓹r瑟t)
a degenerate person

Derived forms of degenerate

degenerately, adverbdegenerateness, noun

Word Origin for degenerate

C15: from Latin d膿gener膩re, from d膿gener departing from its kind, ignoble, from de- + genus origin, race
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for degenerate

degenerate
[ d沫-j臅n蓹r-沫t ]

adj.
Characterized by degeneration, as of tissue, a cell, or an organ.
Having lost one or more highly developed functions, characteristics, or structures through evolution.
v.
To undergo the process of degeneration.
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