Science / Chemistry / Degenerate: A set of orbitals are said to be degenerate if they all have the same energy. This degeneracy can sometimes be 'lifted' by external electric or magnetic fields.

Other Words for Degenerate

Degenerate Adjective Synonyms: decline, deteriorate, decay, sink, worsen, backslide, regress, retrogress, weaken, go to the dogs, go to rack and ruin, go to pot
Degenerate Verb Synonyms: debased, degraded, corrupt, corrupted, vitiated, decadent, depraved, reprobate, dissolute, ignoble, base, low, inferior, vile

Degenerate Codon

Science / Genetics / Degenerate Codon: A codon that specifies the same amino acid as another codon. MORE

Okanagan Riesling

Life Style / Wine Grapes / Okanagan Riesling: This 'provenance unknown' grape is reported by some to be a cold-hardy native American labrusca hybrid. Alternatively, Canadian viticulturists believe it to be a V. Berlandieri x V. Riparia cross vari MORE


Entertainment / Literature / Heriot: (Anglo-Saxon here + geatwe, 'army-gear') Heriot has two different meanings, depending upon whether we speak of the early Anglo-Saxon period or the later part of the medieval period. (1) In its earlies MORE

Noble Savage

Entertainment / Literature / Noble Savage: Typically, the depiction of Amerindians, indigenous African tribesmen, and Australian bushmen results in two sharply opposing stereotypes as follows: (1) When 'civilized' races dwell in close proximit MORE


Science / Biology / Viroids: Infective forms of nucleic acid without a protective coat of protein; unencapsulated single-stranded RNA molecules. Naked RNA, possibly of degenerated virus, that infects plants. MORE


Science / Biology / Megaspores: Four haploid cells produced by meiosis in the ovule of a fiower. Usually, three of these cells degenerate, with the remaining cell becoming the female gametophyte phase of the plants life cycle. Large MORE