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degenerate

1. Physics
a. (of the constituents of a system) having the same energy but different wave functions
b. (of a semiconductor) containing a similar number of electrons in the conduction band to the number of electrons in the conduction band of metals
c. (of a resonant device) having two or more modes of equal frequency
2. Biology (of a plant or animal) having undergone degeneration
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5,667,968 covering the use of ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) for the treatment of retinal diseases, such as retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration, in which photoreceptors are degenerating.
For those with progressive, severe and debilitating pain due to degenerating intervertebral discs, the only current option is major back surgery involving spinal fusion, artificial disc replacement, or other surgical procedures.
In a desert of neo-soul cliches, The Blue State effectively mixes politics, partying and real life without degenerating into vapidity or sloganeering.
For a franchise with a sad history of degenerating into camp - whether due to the clueless 1960s TV series or the increasingly goofy movies Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher made in the '90s - this meant maintaining strong psychological underpinnings and avoiding everything that smacked of cartoonishness.
Also, microscopic examination of gonads from pregnant females pulled from those regions shows that between 45 and 80 percent of them have degenerating eggs, a condition known as atresia.
Several previous studies have shown that BDNF can rescue injured or degenerating neurons and encourage axonal outgrowth, remyelinations and nerve regeneration.
Furthermore, degenerating and dying somatotropes have been reported in the pituitary from rats bearing malignant hepatomas induced by long-term, low-dose treatment of DEN (12).