noun de·scent \di-ˈsent\

Definition of DESCENT

a :  derivation from an ancestor :  birth, lineage <of French descent>
b :  transmission or devolution of an estate by inheritance usually in the descending line
c :  the fact or process of originating from an ancestral stock
d :  the shaping or development in nature and character by transmission from a source :  derivation
:  the act or process of descending
:  a step downward in a scale of gradation; specifically :  one generation in an ancestral line or genealogical scale
a :  an inclination downward :  slope
b :  a descending way (as a downgrade or stairway)
c obsolete :  the lowest part
a :  attack, invasion
b :  a sudden disconcerting appearance (as for a visit)
:  a downward step (as in station or value) :  decline <descent of the family to actual poverty>

Examples of DESCENT

  1. The book describes his descent into a deep depression after the death of his wife.
  2. her slow descent to a life of addiction
  3. The only path that goes down to the river is a rather steep descent, so be careful.

Origin of DESCENT

Middle English, from Anglo-French descente, from Anglo-French descendre
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate


noun de·scent \di-ˈsent\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DESCENT

:  the act or process of descending from a higher to a lower location <descent of the testes into the scrotum>
a :  derivation from an ancestor b :  the fact or process of originating by generation from an ancestral stock (as a species or genus)
:  a former method of distillation in which the material was heated in a vessel having its outlet underneath so that the vapors produced were forced to descend


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