Medical Dictionary


adj de·gen·er·ate \di-ˈjen-(ə-)rət\

Medical Definition of DEGENERATE

a :  having declined (as in nature, character, structure, or function) from an ancestral or former state; especially :  having deteriorated progressively (as in the process of evolution) especially through loss of structure and function b :  having sunk to a lower and usually corrupt and vicious state
:  having more than one codon representing an amino acid; also :  being such a codon
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