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degenerate

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adjective de·gen·er·ate \di-ˈjen-(ə-)rət\

Medical Definition of degenerate

  1. 1a:  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 functionb:  having sunk to a lower and usually corrupt and vicious state

  2. 2:  having more than one codon representing an amino acid; also :  being such a codon




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intransitive verb de·gen·er·ate \di-ˈjen-ə-ˌrāt\

Medical Definition of degenerate

de·gen·er·at·edde·gen·er·at·ing

  1. 1:  to sink into a low intellectual or moral state

  2. 2:  to pass from a higher to a lower type or condition: asa:  to gradually deteriorate so that normal function or structure is impaired or lost <the retina degenerated>b:  to decline from the standards of a species, race, or breed

  3. 3:  to evolve or develop into a less autonomous or less functionally active form <degenerated into dependent parasites>




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noun de·gen·er·ate \di-ˈjen-(ə-)rət\

Medical Definition of degenerate

  1. :  one that is degenerate: asa:  one degraded from the normal moral standardb:  a sexual pervert





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