degenerate state


noun

Usually degenerate states. Physics. a quantum state of a system, having the same energy level as, but a different wave function from, another state of the system.

Nearby words

  1. degenderize,
  2. degeneracy,
  3. degeneracy pressure,
  4. degenerate,
  5. degenerate matter,
  6. degeneration,
  7. degenerative,
  8. degenerative joint disease,
  9. degerm,
  10. degerminate

Origin of degenerate state

First recorded in 1925–30

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