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degradation

[deg-ruh-dey-shuh n] /ˌdɛg rəˈdeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of degrading.
2.
the state of being degraded.
3.
Physical Geography. the wearing down of the land by the erosive action of water, wind, or ice.
4.
Chemistry. the breakdown of an organic compound.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; < Late Latin dēgradātiōn- (stem of dēgradātiō), equivalent to dēgradāt(us) (past participle of dēgradāre to degrade) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
degradational, adjective
degradative, adjective
antidegradation, adjective
nondegradation, noun
self-degradation, noun
Synonyms
2. humiliation, disgrace, dishonor, debasement.
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British Dictionary definitions for degradational

degradation

/ˌdɛɡrəˈdeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of degrading or the state of being degraded
2.
a state of degeneration, squalor, or poverty
3.
some act, constraint, etc, that is degrading
4.
the wearing down of the surface of rocks, cliffs, etc, by erosion, weathering, or some other process
5.
(chem) a breakdown of a molecule into atoms or smaller molecules
6.
(physics) an irreversible process in which the energy available to do work is decreased
7.
(RC Church) the permanent unfrocking of a priest
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Word Origin and History for degradational
degradation
1530s, from Fr. dégradation (14c.), from M.L. degradationem, noun of action from degradare (see degrade).
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degradational in Medicine

degradation deg·ra·da·tion (děg'rə-dā'shən)
n.
Progressive decomposition of a chemical compound into a less complex compound.

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