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deterioration

[dih-teer-ee-uh-rey-shuh n] /dɪˌtɪər i əˈreɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of deteriorating.
2.
the state or condition of having deteriorated.
3.
a gradual decline, as in quality, serviceability, or vigor.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Late Latin dēteriōrātiōn- (stem of dēteriōrātiō), equivalent to dēteriōrāt(us) (see deteriorate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nondeterioration, noun
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Examples for deterioration
  • The deterioration of a government begins almost always by the decay of its principles.
  • Some elderly people may be confused, lethargic, and show general deterioration.
  • Despite early diagnosis, audacious denial in the face of its increasingly severe symptoms led to its deterioration and demise.
  • There is nothing inevitable about this deterioration.
  • Patients with adenocarcinoma have a worse prognosis and usually more rapid deterioration.
  • Halting that deterioration and restoring the exterior would be a huge task because of the sheer scale of the building.
  • There seemed to be real and rapid deterioration in her mood.
  • The labour market pivoted late last autumn, from deterioration to improvement.
  • Overfishing and deterioration of their habitat has stressed blue crab populations throughout much of their range.
  • The signs of mental health deterioration have been red flag for a few years now.
Word Origin and History for deterioration
deterioration
1650s, from Fr. déterioration (15c.), noun of action from détériorer, from L.L. deteriorare (see deteriorate).
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deterioration in Medicine

deterioration de·te·ri·o·ra·tion (dĭ-tēr'ē-ə-rā'shən)
n.
The process or condition of becoming worse.

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