retrogression, degeneration
n. passing from a more complex to a simpler biological form
devolution, degeneration
n. the process of declining from a higher to a lower level of effective power or vitality or essential quality
decadency, decadence, degeneration, degeneracy
n. the state of being degenerate in mental or moral qualities
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withering, atrophy
n. any weakening or degeneration (especially through lack of use)
exhaustion, enfeeblement, enervation, debilitation
n. serious weakening and loss of energy
statistical regression, regression toward the mean, simple regression, regression
n. the relation between selected values of x and observed values of y (from which the most probable value of y can be predicted for any value of x)
n. the statement of a theme in notes of lesser duration (usually half the length of the original)
n. changing something with the result that it becomes worse
dissolution, dissolving
n. the process of going into solution; "the dissolving of salt in water"
n. decay of matter (as by rot or oxidation)
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evolution, development
n. a process in which something passes by degrees to a different stage (especially a more advanced or mature stage); "the development of his ideas took many years"; "the evolution of Greek civilization"; "the slow development of her skill as a writer"
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