|to nominate or select for a duty, office, purpose, etc.; appoint; assign.|
|to reduce in quality or value; adulterate:|
|1.||to become degenerate|
|2.||biology (of organisms or their parts) to become less specialized or functionally useless|
|3.||having declined or deteriorated to a lower mental, moral, or physical level; debased; degraded; corrupt|
|a. (of the constituents of a system) having the same energy but different wave functions|
|b. (of a semiconductor) containing a similar number of electrons in the conduction band to the number of electrons in the conduction band of metals|
|c. (of a resonant device) having two or more modes of equal frequency|
|5.||(of a code) containing symbols that represent more than one letter, figure, etc|
|6.||(of a plant or animal) having undergone degeneration|
|7.||a degenerate person|
|[C15: from Latin dēgenerāre, from dēgener departing from its kind, ignoble, from |
degenerate de·gen·er·ate (dĭ-jěn'ər-ĭt)
Characterized by degeneration, as of tissue, a cell, or an organ.
Having lost one or more highly developed functions, characteristics, or structures through evolution.