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

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Those same communities around Gombe are using smartphones and satellite imagery to monitor their forests and set aside village land for regeneration. Jane Goodall, Time, "Jane Goodall: These 4 Issues May Not Seem Related to Climate Change. But They Are and We Need to Solve Them Now," 12 Sep. 2019 In retrospect, the findings might not come as too much of a surprise: Researchers who study salamanders and other amphibians, the paradigms for tissue regeneration, see this happening on a far grander scale all the time. Quanta Magazine, "To Heal Some Wounds, Adult Cells Turn More Fetal," 29 Aug. 2018 The knowledge and benefits of natural regeneration are being shared from farmer to farmer across African countries, and millions of acres have been reclaimed. Ban Ki-moon, Time, "These 5 Big Changes Are Key for Humanity to Survive a Warming Climate," 10 Sep. 2019 Among its customers, two companies in Europe are using StemBioSys products for their drug discovery programs, while another customer uses the product to study tissue regeneration. Laura Garcia,, "San Antonio company at the forefront of stem-cell therapy," 15 Aug. 2019 Machines for the reception, conversion and transmission or regeneration of voice, images, or other data. Mark Gurman, Fortune, "Trump Tariff Buying Guide: When to Buy Imported Chinese Tech, From Apple to Roku," 13 Aug. 2019 The Redwood National State Parks has partnered with Save the Redwoods League to try and accelerate regeneration of the titanic trees. NBC News, "Cloning giant redwoods could help combat climate change," 28 July 2019 The opening of the building in his name is a key milestone in the regeneration of the area; the final restorations, particularly to the Pergamon Museum and Altar, are expected to be finished by 2025. C.g. | Berlin, The Economist, "Berlin’s Museum Island gets a much-needed revamp," 12 July 2019 Stem cell research is not just for regeneration and replacement, but also for discovering appropriate drugs for a host of diseases. Emily Baumgaertner,, "When it comes to disease, stem cells are a game-changer, scientists say. This is why," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of regeneration

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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