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Having become worse than one's kind, or one's former state; having declined in worth; having lost in goodness; deteriorated; degraded; unworthy; base; low. Faint-hearted and degenerate king. (Shak) A degenerate and degraded state. (Milton) Degenerate from their ancient blood. (Swift) These degenerate days. (Pope) I had planted thee a noble vine . ., how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me? (Jer. Ii. 21)

Origin: L. Degeneratus, p. P. Of degenerare to degenerate, cause to degenerate, fr. Degener base, degenerate, that departs from its race or kind; de- _ genus race, kind. See kin relationship.

1. To be or grow worse than one's kind, or than one was originally; hence, to be inferior; to grow poorer, meaner, or more vicious; to decline in good qualities; to deteriorate. When wit transgresseth decency, it degenerates into insolence and impiety. (Tillotson)

2. (Science: biology) to fall off from the normal quality or the healthy structure of its kind; to become of a lower type.

Origin: Degenerated; Degenerating.

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Human Reproduction

I read a line in my text stating "after 14 days of ovulation , if ovum is not fertilized , the lining of uterus degenerates and menstruation begins." Why does the endometrium degenerates ? Please Help!! :?

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by madromanoff
Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:26 pm
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Human Reproduction
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some bio multiple choice questions

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by jjkwest1
Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:00 am
Forum: Botany Discussion
Topic: some bio multiple choice questions
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New Virus And The Origins Of Life

... tissue to form a lens. As the lens develops it directs the formation of a complete eye. In cave fish embryos the lens starts to form, but then degenerates and the eye does not form. A team transplanted an embryonic surface-fish lens into a cave-fish embryo and, conversely, a degenerated lens ...

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by David George
Fri Mar 10, 2006 6:40 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: New Virus And The Origins Of Life
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Double Fertilization

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by Poison
Mon Apr 18, 2005 9:15 pm
Forum: Botany Discussion
Topic: Double Fertilization
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