- degeneration as the result of disuse, malnutrition, etc.
- disposition to disintegrate as the result of natural processes. — biodegradable, adj.
- the condition of being perishable. —caducous , adj.
- the condition of being decayed or carious, especially with regard to teeth.
- the destructive process of metabolism in which living matter is turned into waste. —catabolic , adj.
- a breaking down; disruption. —cataclasmic , n.
- Rare. the process of decay or deterioration. See also 74. CHANGE .
- degeneration of cells or tissues. —cataplastic, adj.
- the stage of decline in organic development.
- the degeneration of cells. —cytolytic , adj.
- the state or quality of being susceptible to breakdown or decomposition. —degradable, adj.
- the belief that the universe is gradually breaking down. See also meliorism .
- the condition of being fugacious or transitory; evanescence. —fugacious , adj.
- the branch of biology that studies aging and its phenomena. Also gereology . —geratologic , geratologous, adj.
- the disintegration or dissolution of organic tissues. —histolytic, adj.
- labefaction, labefactation
- the process of coming apart, especially falling into ruin or decay.
- the decomposition of cells by antibodies called lysins.
- atrophy or wasting away of the muscles.
- the death or decay of body tissue, the result of loss of blood supply or trauma. —necrotic , adj.
- depreciation, loss, or diminution in value, quality, etc.
- the breakdown of matter or materials under the influence of light. —photolytic , adj.
- 1. the state or process of rotting or putrefying.
- 2. rotting or putrefying matter. —putrescent , adj.
- a gradual wasting away of the body or of any organ or part of the body.
- the wasting of the body, as in consumption. —syntectic , syntectical, adj.
- 1. the process of emaciation or wasting of the body.
- 2. the condition of being wasted or in decay, especially as a gradual process. —tabescent , adj.
- the state of being affected by tabes, i.e., gradual wasting or decay.
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