Nearby words

  1. degausser,
  2. degearing,
  3. degenderize,
  4. degeneracy,
  5. degeneracy pressure,
  6. degenerate matter,
  7. degenerate state,
  8. degeneration,
  9. degenerative,
  10. 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 non-degenerate

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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Word Origin and History for non-degenerate
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Medicine definitions for non-degenerate

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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