- 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
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
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
As I have already pointed out, the evil of pain, of decay, of degeneration is taken no account of.Browning and His Century|Helen Archibald Clarke
Decadence and degeneration seems to be the rule as age increases.Human Nature and Conduct|John Dewey
If the environment is favorable to development, there is development; if it is unfavorable, there is degeneration.Twentieth Century Socialism|Edmond Kelly
Instances of adaptation he has adduced, but they are invariably, except where man has intervened, those of degeneration.
The shape of the cells is as diverse and their contents as various, while their possibilities of degeneration are alike.
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
Word Origin and History for degeneration
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.)).