Degeneration

Definition of Degeneration

De`gen`er`a´tion
n.1.The act or state of growing worse, or the state of having become worse; decline; degradation; debasement; degeneracy; deterioration.
Our degeneration and apostasy.
- Bates.
2.(Physiol.) That condition of a tissue or an organ in which its vitality has become either diminished or perverted; a substitution of a lower for a higher form of structure; as, fatty degeneration of the liver.
3.(Biol.) A gradual deterioration, from natural causes, of any class of animals or plants or any particular organ or organs; hereditary degradation of type.
4.The thing degenerated.
Cockle, aracus, . . . and other degenerations.
- Sir T. Browne.
Amyloid degeneration
See under Amyloid, Caseous, etc.

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