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degradation

 [deg″rah-da´shun]
conversion of a chemical compound to one less complex, as by splitting off one or more groups of atoms. See also lysis.

deg·ra·da·tion

(deg'ră-dā'shŭn),
The change of a chemical compound into a less complex compound.
[L. degradatus, degrade]

degradation

/deg·ra·da·tion/ (deg″rah-da´shun) conversion of a chemical compound to one less complex, as by splitting off one or more groups of atoms.

degradation

(dĕg′rə-dā′shən)
n.
1. The act or process of degrading.
2. The state of being degraded; degeneration.
3. A decline to a lower condition, quality, or level.
4. Chemistry Decomposition of a compound, especially complex substances such as polymers and proteins, by stages, exhibiting well-defined intermediate products.

deg′ra·da′tive adj.

degradation

[di′grədā′shən]
Etymology: L, de + gradu, step
the conversion of a chemical compound to a less complex compound, usually by splitting off one or more groups or subgroups of atoms, as in deamination. degrade, adj.

deg·ra·da·tion

(deg'ră-dā'shŭn)
The change of a chemical compound into a less complex compound.
[L. degradatus, degrade]

deg·ra·da·tion

(deg'ră-dā'shŭn)
The change of a chemical compound into a less complex compound.
[L. degradatus, degrade]

degradation (deg´rədā´shən),

n the reduction of a chemical compound to a less complex compound.

degradation

conversion of a chemical compound to one less complex, as by splitting off one or more groups of atoms.
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What good remained in Albert Werper revolted at the thought of selling a white woman into the slavery and degradation of a Moslem harem.
From the moment when I dropped into this degradation, I might sometimes think regretfully of Mary--at the morning time, when penitent thoughts mostly come to us; but I ceased absolutely to see her in my dreams.
Prisons, banishment and degradation, honors and palaces and wonder-cities, are all incidental.
For one thing, to those of us who love color it would seem a dull world indeed were we all forced to dress in coarse-spun, undyed sheep's wool, and if jewels and gold with all their lovely lights and gleamings were but the signs of degradation.
I am glad that it was given to me to be an instrument in the hands of Providence for the uplifting of benighted Europe, and the amelioration of the suffering, degradation, and abysmal ignorance in which I found her.
She had, it is true, quailed at the prospect of drudgery and hard service; but she had felt no degradation in working for her bread, until she found herself exposed to insolence and pride.
It is good to wander along lines of sea-coast, when formed of moderately hard rocks, and mark the process of degradation.
He was not so far gone in degradation as to make him utterly hopeless for such an attempt.
On the surface the sense of his degradation was too strong.
To be a great and virtuous man appeared the highest honour that can befall a sensitive being; to be base and vicious, as many on record have been, appeared the lowest degradation, a condition more abject than that of the blind mole or harmless worm.
It was the crowning circumstance of his degradation.
Frederick had not (if he might use the expression) Power enough to see in any delicate little attentions and--and --Testimonials that he might under such circumstances receive, the goodness of human nature, the fine spirit animating the Collegians as a community, and at the same time no degradation to himself, and no depreciation of his claims as a gentleman.