re·​gen·​er·​a·​tion | \ ri-ˌje-nə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce regeneration (audio) , ˌrē- \

Definition of regeneration

1 : an act or the process of regenerating : the state of being regenerated
2 : spiritual renewal or revival
3 : renewal or restoration of a body, bodily part, or biological system (such as a forest) after injury or as a normal process
4 : utilization by special devices of heat or other products that would ordinarily be lost

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Examples of regeneration in a Sentence

the regeneration of knitting and crocheting is in full bloom, with Hollywood stars admitting they knit and crochet on movie sets
Recent Examples on the Web Audi proffers that coasting is more efficient than maximizing regeneration. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 4 Aug. 2021 Using the brand’s signature nanotechnology, the Forlle’d Advanced Facial works at the skin’s deepest level, aiding cellular regeneration and stimulating collagen production. Bridget Arsenault, Forbes, 5 Sep. 2021 But Raisman realized that there is one part of the central nervous system where glial cells encourage regeneration: in the nerves that connect the nose to the brain. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 12 Aug. 2021 The advance promises to unlock new insights into human biology and disease, aiding in the study of everything from the developing immune system to tissue regeneration to skin cancer. Megan Molteni, STAT, 23 July 2021 The first medical implant to come of that breakthrough was a thin sheet that electrically jolts injured tissue to kick-start nerve regeneration, which the team tested in rats. Max G. Levy, Wired, 16 July 2021 Over 75% of Calabria towns -- roughly 320 -- currently have fewer than 5,000 residents, leading to fears that some communities could die out completely in a few years unless regeneration occurs. Silvia Marchetti, CNN, 10 July 2021 Through the dark times, something incredible is emerging: a reformation, a regeneration from the hands of the youngest. Sarah Mower, Vogue, 13 June 2021 Axolotls don’t scar, which is what allows regeneration to take place. Mike Wehner, BGR, 3 June 2021

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First Known Use of regeneration

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Oct 2021

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“Regeneration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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re·​gen·​er·​a·​tion | \ ri-ˌjen-ə-ˈrā-shən, ˌrē- How to pronounce regeneration (audio) \

Medical Definition of regeneration

1 : an act or the process of regenerating : the state of being regenerated
2 : the renewal, regrowth, or restoration of a body or a bodily part, tissue, or substance after injury or as a normal bodily process continual regeneration of epithelial cells regeneration of the uterine lining — compare regulation sense 2a

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