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degeneracy

noun de·gen·er·a·cy \di-ˈjen-rə-sē, -ˈje-nə-, dē-\
plural de·gen·er·a·cies

Definition of DEGENERACY

1
:  the state of being degenerate
2
:  the process of becoming degenerate
3
:  sexual perversion
4
:  the coding of an amino acid by more than one codon

Examples of DEGENERACY

  1. <the sad degeneracy of the old neighborhood into a slum>
  2. <the degeneracy of the family into a gang of petty thieves>

First Known Use of DEGENERACY

1664

degeneracy

noun de·gen·er·a·cy \di-ˈjen-(ə-)rə-sē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural de·gen·er·a·cies

Medical Definition of DEGENERACY

1
:  the state of being degenerate
2
:  the process of becoming degenerate
3
:  sexual perversion
4
:  the coding of an amino acid by more than one codon of the genetic code

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