- 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.
Origin of degeneration
Examples from the Web for degeneration
Contemporary Examples of degeneration
Writing on stars are mostly about gossip and scandal, a degeneration into lifestyle reporting.Scarlett Johansson is an Alien Seductress in ‘Under the Skin’
April 3, 2014
Two things become more likely with age, she said: degeneration and cancer.World Science Festival: Can We Really Live to 1,000?
June 5, 2011
Historical Examples of degeneration
In both sexes there is a tendency to neurosis and degeneration.
Alcohol especially facilitates the degeneration of sexual life.
The exact cause of the degeneration has not yet been found, but the fact is certain.
I have designated this degeneration by the term blastophthoria.
That degeneration was not confined to the great emigrant race.Legends of the Saxon Saints
Aubrey de Vere
- 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
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.)).