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Webster's 1913 Dictionary

  1. \De*gen`er*a"tion\, n. [Cf. F.
    1. The act or state of growing worse, or the state of having
       become worse; decline; degradation; debasement;
       degeneracy; deterioration.
             Our degeneration and apostasy.        --Bates.
    2. (Physiol.) That condition of a tissue or an organ in which
       its vitality has become either diminished or perverted; a
       substitution of a lower for a higher form of structure;
       as, fatty degeneration of the liver.
    3. (Biol.) A gradual deterioration, from natural causes, of
       any class of animals or plants or any particular organ or
       organs; hereditary degradation of type.
    4. The thing degenerated. [R.]
             Cockle, aracus, . . . and other degenerations. --Sir
                                                   T. Browne.
    {Amyloid degeneration}, {Caseous degeneration}, etc. See
       under {Amyloid}, {Caseous}, etc.

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