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1. A condition marked by deterioration of mental, physical, or moral processes.
2. The fact that several different triplet codons encode the same amino acid.
[L. de, from, + genus, (gener-), race]
n. pl. degenera·cies
a. The process of degenerating.
b. The state of being degenerate.
2. Genetics The presence in the genetic code of multiple codons for the same amino acid. Also called redundancy.
Molecular biology The presence of 2 or more ‘synonym’ codons for a single amino acid, i.e., redundancy. See Degenerate code
Psychiatry An obsolete term for ‘moral bankrupcy’, now included under the rubric of psychotic disorders, formerly deviant behaviour, degenerate behaviour
degeneracyIn the genetic code this is a reference to the redundancy of codons arising from the fact that four bases, taken three at a time, offer 64 possibilities, while it is necessary to code for only 20 amino acids and three stop signals. The effect is that in many cases a change in the third base of a codon will not change the amino acid selected.
degeneracya situation in the GENETIC CODE where most amino acids are coded by more than one triplet of DNA NUCLEOTIDE bases. For example, ARGININE is coded by CGU, CGC, CGA and CGG CODONS. See also CRICK.
A condition marked by deterioration of mental or physical processes.