Word of the day

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degenerate (adj) – 1. Having declined, as in function or nature, from a former or original state.
2. Morally corrupt or given to vice.
3. (Physics) Relating to two or more quantum states that share the same quantum numbers.
4. (Physics) Characterised by great density and consisting of atoms stripped of electrons.
5. (Medicine) Characterised by degeneration, as of tissue, a cell, or an organ.
6. (Biology) Having lost one or more highly developed functions, characteristics, or structures through evolution.
7. Genetics Relating to or being a gene that has multiple codons for the same amino acid.

(noun) – A depraved or corrupt person.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Late 15th century, from Latin degeneratus, past participle of degenerare “to be inferior to one’s ancestors, to become unlike one’s race or kind, fall from ancestral quality,” used of physical as well as moral qualities, from phrase de genere, from de + genus (genitive generis) “birth, descent” (from PIE root *gene- “give birth, beget”). The noun is from 1550s.

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