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degeneration

de·gen·er·a·tion

degeneration

 
pronunciation:
dih je n reI shn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the process of decline or decay.
The degeneration of the downtown business area is attributed to the establishment of the shopping malls near the highway.
antonyms:
regeneration
similar words:
decay, rot
definition 2: the state or condition following decline or decay.
similar words:
rot
definition 3: lessening or cessation of an organ's function in the course of evolution.
definition 4: the gradual decrease in the efficiency of bodily organs or tissues, resulting from disease or aging.