degeneracy

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

Definition of degeneracy

plural degeneracies
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 in a Sentence

  1. the sad degeneracy of the old neighborhood into a slum

  2. the degeneracy of the family into a gang of petty thieves

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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 degeneracies
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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