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Definition of degeneration:

  1. A gradual deterioration, from natural causes, of any class of animals or plants or any particular organ or organs; hereditary degradation of type.
  2. 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. The act or state of growing worse, or the state of having become worse; decline; degradation; debasement; degeneracy; deterioration.
  4. The thing degenerated.

Synonyms:

dissoluteness, decaying, devolvement, downfall, dissipatedness, degeneracy, weakening, debilitation, better, decadency, dissipation, declension, devolution, reversion, enfeeblement, degenerateness, rakishness, retrogression, declination, abjection, d├ęgringolade, fall, downgrade, retroversion, regress, ebb, eclipse, degradation, libertinism, depravation, demoralization, libertinage, decadence, turpitude, pervertedness, corruptness, ebbing, regression, descent.

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