[dih-teer-ee-uh-rey-shuh n]


the act or process of deteriorating.
the state or condition of having deteriorated.
a gradual decline, as in quality, serviceability, or vigor.

Origin of deterioration

1650–60; < Late Latin dēteriōrātiōn- (stem of dēteriōrātiō), equivalent to dēteriōrāt(us) (see deteriorate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsnon·de·te·ri·o·ra·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for deterioration

1650s, possibly a native formation, or else from French détérioration (15c.), noun of action from détériorer, from Late Latin deteriorare (see deteriorate).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

deterioration in Medicine




The process or condition of becoming worse.
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