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1640s, noun of action, formed on model of progression, from Latin retrogressus, past participle of retrogradi "move backward" (see retrograde).
retrogression ret·ro·gres·sion (rět'rə-grěsh'ən)n.
The act or process of deteriorating or declining.
A return to a less complex biological state or stage.