- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM degenerationnon·de·gen·er·a·tion, noun
Words nearby degeneration
How to use degeneration in a sentence
Over the years, Sullivan Ramirez herself has struggled with nerve degeneration and scleroderma, a rare condition that involves the tightening of the skin and connective tissues.
Quiroz has also identified a woman with a protective genetic mutation that kept her from developing cognitive impairments and brain degeneration even though her brain showed high levels of amyloid, a protein implicated in Alzheimer’s development.Eight ways scientists are unwrapping the mysteries of the human brain|Hannah Thomasy|August 25, 2021|MIT Technology Review
The brain slowly undergoes degeneration in a way similar to aging.Breakthrough NASA Study Discovers Surprising Key to Astronauts’ Health in Space|Shelly Fan|December 2, 2020|Singularity Hub
Meanwhile, Staahl was looking at treatment for disorders that specifically lead to neural degeneration – something that had not previously been part of Doudna’s lab’s research prior to him joining.Scribe Therapeutics launches a platform for engineering CRISPR-based therapeutics|Darrell Etherington|October 6, 2020|TechCrunch
Unfortunately this is the degeneration of synaptic junctions and the inability of growing new neurons.How Psilocybin Can Save the Environment - Issue 90: Something Green|Mark MacNamara|September 30, 2020|Nautilus
Writing on stars are mostly about gossip and scandal, a degeneration into lifestyle reporting.Scarlett Johansson is an Alien Seductress in ‘Under the Skin’|Jimmy So|April 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And in her final years, when she was blinded by macular degeneration and suffocating with emphysema, vanity left her isolated.Understanding Diana Vreeland, ‘Empress of Fashion’|Robin Givhan|November 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Two things become more likely with age, she said: degeneration and cancer.World Science Festival: Can We Really Live to 1,000?|Casey Schwartz|June 5, 2011|DAILY BEAST
When RPE cells die, as they do in macular degeneration, the photoreceptors begin to die, too, and the patient goes blind.
Except in this disease, the degeneration indicates a serious blood condition.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
Sir John had lately noticed another degeneration, namely, in the quality of the London gas.With Edged Tools|Henry Seton Merriman
The degeneration of the original species is still greater in our climates.Buffon's Natural History. Volume IX (of 10)|Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
Finally he takes to drinking and becomes a picture of degeneration.The Range Boss|Charles Alden Seltzer
That any degeneration might come in by the way, that the printed text might contain blunders, was not perceived.The Age of Erasmus|P. S. Allen
British Dictionary definitions for degeneration
- 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