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Definition 1: passing from a more complex to a simpler biological form - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for degeneration in the sense of this definition

(degeneration is a kind of ...) a qualitative change

(... is a kind of degeneration ) a loss of vitality and a degeneration of cells and tissues not due to any apparent injury

(... is a kind of degeneration ) (biology) degenerative reversion of cells or tissue to a less differentiated or more primitive form

Definition 2: the process of declining from a higher to a lower level of effective power or vitality or essential quality - [noun denoting process]

Synonyms for degeneration in the sense of this definition

(degeneration is a kind of ...) a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states

"events now in process" "the process of calcification begins later for boys than for girls"

(... is a kind of degeneration ) the onset of a corrosive or destructive process (as by a chemical agent)

"the film was sensitive to attack by acids" "open to attack by the elements"

(... is a kind of degeneration ) the process of becoming obsolete; falling into disuse or becoming out of date

"a policy of planned obsolescence"

(... is a kind of degeneration ) eye disease caused by degeneration of the cells of the macula lutea and results in blurred vision; can cause blindness

Definition 3: the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for degeneration in the sense of this definition

(degeneration is a kind of ...) a low or downcast state

"each confession brought her into an attitude of abasement"

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