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  1. One is degenerate, who has fallen from previous stature.
You are a , boy. You're a disgrace to your ancestors.
  • French: dégénérer
  • Italian: degenerare
  1. (of qualities) having deteriorated, degraded or fallen from normal, coherent, balanced and desire, desirable to an undesirable and typically abnormal
  2. (of a human or system) having lost good or desirable qualities
  3. (of an encoding or function) having multiple domain elements correspond to one element of the range
''The genetic code is degenerate because a single amino acid can be coded by one of several codon, codons.
  1. (math) a degenerate case is a limiting case in which a class of object changes its nature so as to belong to another, usually simpler, class.

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