- Deterioration; passing from a higher to a lower level or type.
- A worsening of mental, physical, or moral qualities.
- A retrogressive pathologic change in cells or tissues in consequence of which their functions are often impaired or destroyed; sometimes reversible; necrosis results in the early stages.
Synonym(s): retrograde metamorphosis
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