degeneration

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French dégénération, from Latin dēgenerātiō.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪˌdʒɛnəˈɹeɪʃən/
    • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən
  • Hyphenation: de‧gen‧er‧ation

Noun[edit]

degeneration (usually uncountable, plural degenerations)

  1. (uncountable) The process or state of growing worse, or the state of having become worse.
    • 1913, B. H. Carrol, An Interpretation of the English Bible:
      The modern cry of "more liberty and less creed" is a degeneration from a vertebrate to a jellyfish.
  2. (uncountable) 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.
    fatty degeneration of the liver
  3. (uncountable) Gradual deterioration, from natural causes, of any class of animals or plants or any particular organ or organs; hereditary degradation of type.
  4. (countable) A thing that has degenerated.

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Danish[edit]

Noun[edit]

degeneration c (singular definite degenerationen, not used in plural form)

  1. degeneration

Declension[edit]

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Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

degeneration c

  1. degeneration

Declension[edit]

Declension of degeneration 
Uncountable
Indefinite Definite
Nominative degeneration degenerationen
Genitive degenerations degenerationens

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