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degenerate matter

noun, Physics.
1.
matter consisting of atoms that have lost their orbital electrons.
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degenerate matter

noun
1.
(astronomy) the highly compressed state of matter, esp in white dwarfs and neutron stars, supported against gravitational collapse by quantum mechanical effects
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