Degradation (from Latin: degradatio, literally — reduction), regression — the process of deterioration of characteristics of an object with time; moving back; gradual decline; decline in quality; breakdown of matter due to the impact of external forces in conformity with the laws of nature and time. Degradation is often referred to as the opposite of Progress. Degradation may refer to:

  • Biodegradation, the processes by which organic substances are broken down by living organisms
  • Cashiering or degradation ceremony, a ritual performed when cleric is deprived of office or a knight is stripped of the honour
  • Chemical decomposition, the degradation of chemical compounds
  • Corruption (philosophical concept)
  • Defamation
  • "Degradation" a song by the Violent Femmes, from Add It Up (1981–1993)
  • Degradation (telecommunications), the loss of quality of an electronic signal
  • Elegant degradation, in engineering, the gradual failing of a machine
  • Environmental degradation, in ecology, damage to the ecosystem and loss of biodiversity
  • Graceful degradation, in a fault-tolerant system
  • Degradation (geology)

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SKP2 - Structure and Function - F-box Domain
... It specifically recognizes and promotes the degradation of phosphorylated cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor 1B (CDKN1B, also referred to as p27 or KIP1) predominantly in S, G2 ... The degradation of p27 via Skp2 requires the accessory protein CKS1B ... To prevent premature degradation of p27, Skp2 levels are kept low during early and mid-G1 due to the APC/CCdh1ubiquitin ligase, which mediates the ubiquitylation of Skp2 ...
Synthetic Biodegradable Polymer - Degradation
... Once implanted, a biodegradable device should maintain its mechanical properties until it is no longer needed and then be absorbed by the body leaving no trace ... The backbone of the polymer is hydrolytically unstable ...
Staebler–Wronski Effect - Effects
... the effect reaches an equilibrium and causes little further degradation ... Most commercially available a-Si modules have SWE degradation in the 10–15% range and suppliers typically specify efficiency based on performance after the SWE degradation ... This light induced degradation is the major disadvantage of amorphous silicon as a photovoltaic material ...
Chemically Assisted Degradation Of Polymers - Examples of Chemically Assisted Degradation - Degradation of Polyester
... Degradation of polyester may occur without the presence of the acidic catalyst that causes degradation of PVC ... It causes degradation mainly at high temperature and pressure during processing ... These reactive products may also cause further degradation of the polymer chain ...

Famous quotes containing the word degradation:

    Self-alienation is the source of all degradation as well as, on the contrary, the basis of all true elevation. The first step will be a look inward, an isolating contemplation of our self. Whoever remains standing here proceeds only halfway. The second step must be an active look outward, an autonomous, determined observation of the outer world.
    Novalis [Friedrich Von Hardenberg] (1772–1801)

    It was the most ungrateful and unjust act ever perpetrated by a republic upon a class of citizens who had worked and sacrificed and suffered as did the women of this nation in the struggle of the Civil War only to be rewarded at its close by such unspeakable degradation as to be reduced to the plane of subjects to enfranchised slaves.
    Anna Howard Shaw (1847–1919)

    We found nothing grand in the history of the Jews nor in the morals inculcated in the Pentateuch.... I know of no other books that so fully teach the subjection and degradation of woman.
    Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902)