Definition of degeneration in English:


Line breaks: de|gen¦er|ation
Pronunciation: /dɪˌdʒɛnəˈreɪʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
1The state or process of being or becoming degenerate; decline or deterioration: overgrazing has caused serious degeneration of grassland
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  • How does he propose to fix the problem of moral degeneration and cultural decline?
  • Uncontrolled and unplanned tourism has led to natural, cultural and social degeneration inside the so-called host nations.
  • We are not dealing with merely a process of intellectual degeneration.
1.1 Medicine Deterioration and loss of function in the cells of a tissue or organ: degeneration of the muscle fibres
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  • It damages the nerve cells in the brain and causes degeneration, deterioration and gradual loss of function of areas of the brain.
  • Histopathology shows degeneration of the smooth muscle with fibrosis.
  • Radiation therapy for exudative macular degeneration has also been attempted.

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