Definitions for "Degeneracy"
The situation in which a single amino acid may be represented by any of two or more different codons in messenger RNA. Most of the amino acids can be represented by more than one codon.
In relation to the genetic code, the fact that more than one codon can code for the same amino acid.
A feature of the genetic code that more than one nucleotide triplet codes for the same amino acid. The same applies to the termination signal which is encoded by three different stop codons.
In linear programming, it is when some basic variable is at one of its bound values (canonically zero). Without any given qualification, a ( basic) solution is degenerate if one or more of its basic values is zero (the canonical lower bound). A solution can be dual degenerate, where one of its nonbasic variables has zero reduced cost. In general, a solution is degenerate if it is not strictly complementary. Geometrically, this corresponds to a degenerate polyhedron. Suppose we have {x: Ax = b} (where A is m by n). This polyhedron is degenerate if there exists an extreme point that is an element of the intersection of more than n hyperplanes. The pyramid is degenerate because four planes meet at a point. ( Example - need graphic browser or postscript viewer/printer.) Algorithmically, it could cause cycling in the simplex method.
A situation in which something is so strange, compared to the usual situation, that its characteristics are completely different from the norm (see degenerate ellipse, degenerate energy state, and degenerate gas). For a degenerate gas, a number which compares the degeneracy pressure of the gas to the total gas pressure. If the degeneracy pressure is zero, the degeneracy is zero, and the gas is said to be non-degenerate. If the degeneracy pressure is equal to the total gas pressure (in other words, so high that the normal gas pressure is inconsequential), the degeneracy is 1.00, and the gas is said to be totally degenerate.
A state of matter characterized by extreme compactness or density (e.g., matter that is a million times or more as dense as water). The pressure of degenerate matter is dominated by quantum mechanical effects and is largely independent of temperature (unlike the pressure of air in a tire, the terrestrial atmosphere, or the gases in normal stars, such as the Sun).
moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles; "the luxury and corruption among the upper classes"; "moral degeneracy followed intellectual degeneration"; "its brothels; its opium parlors; its depravity"
In mathematics, a degenerate case is a limiting case in which a class of object changes its nature so as to belong to another, usually simpler, class.
When more than one nucleotide is possible at a particular position in the recognition site of a restriction enzyme (ambiguity of recognition).
The existence in a system of different wavefunctions that correspond to the same energy.
Keywords:  worse, growing, becoming, act
The act of becoming degenerate; a growing worse.
The state of having become degenerate; decline in good qualities; deterioration; meanness.
the state of being degenerate.