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degausser, degearing, degenderize, degeneracy, degeneracy pressure, degenerate, degenerate matter, degenerate state, degeneration, degenerative, degenerative joint disease

Origin of degenerate

1485–95; < Latin dēgenerātus (past participle of dēgenerāre to decline from an ancestral standard), equivalent to de- + gener-, stem of genus race (see genus) + -ātus -ate1; see generate
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British Dictionary definitions for degenerated

degenerate


verb (dɪˈdʒɛnəˌreɪt) (intr)

to become degenerate
biology (of organisms or their parts) to become less specialized or functionally useless

adjective (dɪˈdʒɛnərɪt)

noun (dɪˈdʒɛnərɪt)

a degenerate person
Derived Formsdegenerately, adverbdegenerateness, noun

Word Origin for degenerate

C15: from Latin dēgenerāre, from dēgener departing from its kind, ignoble, from de- + genus origin, race
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Medicine definitions for degenerated

degenerate

[ dĭ-jĕnər-ĭt ]

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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