Degeneracy may refer to:

In science and mathematics:

  • Degeneracy (statistical mechanics), a property of quantum states sharing the same energy levels
  • Degeneracy (mathematics), a limiting case in which a class of object changes its nature so as to belong to another, usually simpler, class
  • Degeneracy (graph theory), a measure of the sparseness of a graph
  • Degeneracy (biology), the ability of elements that are structurally different to perform the same function or yield the same output, a well known characteristic of the genetic code and immune systems
  • Degenerate matter, a very highly compressed phase of matter which resists further compression because of quantum mechanical effects
  • Degenerate energy levels, different arrangements of a physical system which have the same energy
  • Degenerate semiconductor, a semiconductor with such a high doping-level that the material starts to act more like a metal than as a semiconductor
  • Degeneration (medical)

Other uses:

  • Degenerate art, a term adopted by the Nazi regime in Germany to describe virtually all modern art, declaring it "un-German" or Jewish Bolshevist in nature.
  • Degenerate (album), a 2010 album by the British band Trigger the Bloodshed
  • "Degenerate", song from the Dude Ranch (album) from the American band Blink-182

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  • Degeneracy — De*gen er*a*cy, n. [From {Degenerate}, a.] 1. The act of becoming degenerate; a growing worse. [1913 Webster] Willful degeneracy from goodness. Tillotson. [1913 Webster] 2. The state of having become degenerate; decline in good qualities;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • degeneracy — [n1] corruption abasement, decadence, degradation, depravity, dissoluteness, downfall, immorality, inferiority, meanness, poorness; concept 645 Ant. morality degeneracy [n2] decay, deterioration atrophy, debasement, declination, decline, decrease …   New thesaurus

  • degeneracy — degeneracy. См. дегенерация. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • degeneracy — index bad repute, caducity, decline, delinquency, (misconduct), turpitude, vice Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • degeneracy — 1660s, from DEGENERATE (Cf. degenerate) + CY (Cf. cy) …   Etymology dictionary

  • degeneracy — [di jen′ər ə sē] n. 1. the state of being degenerate 2. the process of degenerating 3. pl. degeneracies a degenerate action …   English World dictionary

  • degeneracy — [[t]dɪʤe̱nərəsi[/t]] N UNCOUNT (disapproval) If you refer to the behaviour of a group of people as degeneracy, you mean that you think it is shocking, immoral, or disgusting. ...the moral degeneracy of society. Syn: depravity …   English dictionary

  • degeneracy — noun the sexual degeneracy and intellectual deterioration of the time Syn: corruption, decadence, moral decay, dissipation, dissolution, profligacy, vice, immorality, sin, sinfulness, ungodliness; debauchery; formal turpitude …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • degeneracy — išsigimimas statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. degeneracy; degeneration vok. Entartung, f rus. вырождение, n pranc. dégénération, f; dégénérescence, f …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

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