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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The natural death of cells or tissues through aging, as distinguished from necrosis or pathological death.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The normal death of cells or tissues because of age-related changes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The death of a part of an organism by molecular disintegration and without loss of continuity, as in the processes of degeneration and atrophy; a normal dying out of cells in a tissue, in contrast to necrosis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, degenerative progress toward and ending in the death of a portion of tissue.
  • n. In biology, the doctrine or opinion that living beings may arise from decomposing organic matter: contrasted with the opinion that they may be spontaneously generated from inorganic matter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (physiology) the normal degeneration and death of living cells (as in various epithelial cells)

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