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degeneracy

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

Definition of degeneracy

plural de·gen·er·a·cies

  1. 1 :  the state of being degenerate

  2. 2 :  the process of becoming degenerate

  3. 3 :  sexual perversion

  4. 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>



1664

First Known Use of degeneracy

1664


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degeneracy

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

Medical Definition of degeneracy

plural de·gen·er·a·cies

  1. 1:  the state of being degenerate

  2. 2:  the process of becoming degenerate

  3. 3:  sexual perversion

  4. 4:  the coding of an amino acid by more than one codon of the genetic code




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