De*gen`er*a"tion (?), n. [Cf. F. d'eg'en'eration.]


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 or organs; hereditary degradation of type.


The thing degenerated.


Cockle, aracus, . . . and other degenerations. Sir T. Browne.

Amyloid degeneration, Caseous degeneration, etc. See under Amyloid, Caseous, etc.


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