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 As the road continues, evidence of past fires are visible as well as the regeneration process. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, "Flagstaff to Grand Canyon is one of Arizona's most gorgeous drives. Here's how to do it," 9 Oct. 2020 As if the Loons’ schedule redone by a pandemic hasn’t condensed their season enough, Tuesday’s game at Nashville came just two full regeneration days after Saturday’s 2-0 home victory over FC Cincinnati. Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune, "Reunion with Abu Danladi is an aside in Nashville visit for Minnesota United," 7 Oct. 2020 In a speech aimed at regaining a grip of the political agenda after months of negative headlines over his handling of the pandemic, the prime minister said renewable energy can help drive Britain’s economic regeneration. Jess Shankleman,, "Johnson Backs Green Investment as Cure for U.K. Covid Slump," 5 Oct. 2020 In fact, there is research suggesting that icing after exercise suppresses inflammation, which, in turn, hinders muscle regeneration and growth. Dana Santas, CNN, "Why recovery is the key to effective exercise: How to reboot your workout routine," 31 Aug. 2020 Instead of the Medusa, Versace chose as the star fish as the motif of the season, a hopeful symbol of self-regeneration. Colleen Barry, Star Tribune, "Milan Fashion: Marni avenges lockdown with global video," 25 Sep. 2020 And although tree planting often gets the hype, cheaper natural regeneration usually results in a more diverse mix of species and provides more carbon bang for the buck. Gabriel Popkin, Science | AAAS, "Plant trees or let forests regrow? New studies probe two ways to fight climate change," 23 Sep. 2020 In the tropics, where all kinds of bats are often killed out of fear of vampire bats, fruit-eating bats have been found to play a key role in rainforest regeneration. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "Holy misdirected anger! Bats not to blame, say scientists.," 15 Sep. 2020 The regeneration process slowly dissolves the salt or potassium chloride pellets in the brine tank. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How a Water Softener Works (And Why You Might Want One)," 20 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of regeneration

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Oct 2020

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“Regeneration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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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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