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1. (de-jen´er-āt) to change from a higher to a lower form.
2. (de-jen´er-it) characterized by degeneration.


(dē-jen'ĕr-āt), Negative or pejorative connotations of this word may render it offensive in some contexts.
1. To pass to a lower level of mental, physical, or moral state; to fall below the normal or acceptable type or state.
2. Below the normal or acceptable; that which has passed to a lower level.


1. Medicine Characterized by degeneration, as of tissue, a cell, or an organ.
2. Biology Having lost one or more highly developed functions, characteristics, or structures through evolution: a degenerate life form.
3. Genetics Relating to or being a gene that has multiple codons for the same amino acid.
intr.v. (-ə-rāt′) degener·ated, degener·ating, degener·ates
To undergo degeneration.

de·gen′er·ate·ly adv.
de·gen′er·ate·ness n.


noun A poetic (i.e., nonmedical) term for a person who engages in an excess of sensual pleasures, especially sexual.


1. (dē-jenĕr-āt) To pass to a lower level of mental, physical, or moral state; to fall below the normal or acceptable type or state.
2. (de-jen'ĕr-ăt) Below the normal or acceptable; that which has passed to a lower level.

Patient discussion about degenerate

Q. Is bipolar degenerative? Does it get worse with age? What can I do with this? Is bipolar degenerative? Does it get worse with age? I am with type II but I get in to severe depression at times. My mania is in short spurts but increasing in intensity. What can I do with this?

A. Thank you for sharing your experience richguys... I hope that you find a treatment soon that eleviates the symptoms you have been experiencing... I'll be thinking about you.

Q. Is degenerative disc disease and arthritis the same thing? My husband was recently in a auto accident at work. They did a CT Scan of his head and neck. The doctor said that the CT Scan found that he has arthritis in his neck. After receiving the report ourselves to take to another doctor it reads: "There is minimal early degenerative disc disease with osteophyte formation predominately at C5-6. " My husband never had a problem with his neck before the accident

A. I was suffering from pain for 2 years and undergoing numerous test for causes when a trip to a neurologist for migraines gave me an answer. FINALLY! This was in July of this year so I am still learning and finding out about fibromyalgia but I do know in the last couple of years there has been a greater acceptance BUT there are still a lot of doctors not being supportive (from experience and talking with others) and the public in general can be unaccepting b/c you look healthy, seem to be healthy and they can not understand why you are in pain that "can't be explained!" I encourage suffers of fibro to find support within their peers! it really helps to talk to people that understand! That's what brought me to this site to start with and I am so glad I found it!

Q. I am interested in information on working with fibromyalgiaI am having problems just coping at home! I have had 2 c-spine surgeries in 2 years, have degenerative disc disease, maigrains with nuurological tendencies, fatigue, deppression and fibromyalgia. I can't stand for long , sit for long, just making it through my daily life is stressful enough how do people manage to work? I have been off since August of last year but wan to feel well enough so I can return to the working world, Any suggestions? Tried Lyrica, doctor took me off the side affects for me were terrible!

A. I had a cervical spinal fusion, C4-5,C5-6 and a SLAP repair of my left shoulder. Initially after the fusion the headaches and tinlging went away and then 4 months later, while in a PT work conditioning prorgam, the headaches returned, along with nausea, vomiting and vertigo. My doctor basically ignored the symptoms for the last 5 months and I was finally referred to a neurologist who is treating me with Lyrica and Imitrex. The side effects are brutal and it has come done to living with the headaches and other symptoms vs. living in a fog unable to function. I have come to realize that there is no magic "fix" and all the meds mask the stymptoms temporarily but it's a tradeoff when you consider the side effects and possible long term health issues from meds such as Lyrica that have no research as far as long term health conditions. I found a natural remedy called Headache Free and I'm giving it a try.....good luck because I know exactly how debilitative these symptoms are

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But the state's affirmative action program has already been retooled from what had degenerated into an often irrational ethnic spoils system.
Unofficial sources indicated yesterday evening that two degenerated bodies were found in the same place, but the sources denied that the two bodies belong to Ghanem and his accompanying, then after transferring the bodies to forensic medicine and being examined by their families, they assured the two bodies belong to -Ghanem and Jubouri.
TRIPOLI, Lebanon: A dispute in the Tripoli district of Al-Mina Tuesday evening degenerated into an armed fight that left four men wounded, sources told The Daily Star.
BEIRUT: A quarrel between supporters of the Future Movement and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) that degenerated into a shootout in the east Bekaa town of Qaraon Wednesday night left one person dead, according to a security report on Thursday.
Their small cry of defiance, a gesture of healthy anarchy, multiplied into millions of tags splashed across the walls of cities around the world and has today perhaps degenerated into an academic ersatz of rebellion.
The Canadian physician Frederick Grant Banting (1891-1941) had read that if the pancreatic duct was tied off in a living animal, the pancreatic tissue degenerated. The Islets of Langerhans, however, whose hormone product would not then be discharged through the duct but secreted directly into the bloodstream, were not affected.
The last time that the rivalry between the two groups degenerated into street violence nearly a year ago, hundreds of innocent people were killed as a result.
(Even technically, Bag has kinks to iron out: By late in the show's run, some of those big buttons had degenerated to the consistency of Gummi Bears.) I'm sure Bag can take her photographs further, but right now they don't enormously reward repeat viewing, and we miss her active presence.
Their indispensability may explain why they haven't degenerated like most other genes on the Y chromosome.
Now that video art has evolved (or degenerated) to the point that it simulates the slickness of television or film, it's sometimes difficult to remember that video started out as an "alternative" medium--a means of creating art that would employ mass-media technology while standing apart from its machinations.
Page and his colleagues suggest that this finding is at odds with theories that the Y chromosome, once it started evolving separately from the X chromosome, only degenerated. The transfer of autosomal genes to the Y chromosome may have countered this deterioration somewhat, they say.