Degeneracy may refer to:

In science and mathematics:

  • Degeneracy (statistical mechanics), a property of quantum states sharing the same energy levels
  • Degeneracy (mathematics), a limiting case in which a class of object changes its nature so as to belong to another, usually simpler, class
  • Degeneracy (graph theory), a measure of the sparseness of a graph
  • Degeneracy (biology), the ability of elements that are structurally different to perform the same function or yield the same output, a well known characteristic of the genetic code and immune systems
  • Degenerate matter, a very highly compressed phase of matter which resists further compression because of quantum mechanical effects
  • Degenerate energy levels, different arrangements of a physical system which have the same energy
  • Degenerate semiconductor, a semiconductor with such a high doping-level that the material starts to act more like a metal than as a semiconductor
  • Degeneration (medical)

Other uses:

  • Degenerate art, a term adopted by the Nazi regime in Germany to describe virtually all modern art, declaring it "un-German" or Jewish Bolshevist in nature.
  • Degenerate (album), a 2010 album by the British band Trigger the Bloodshed
  • "Degenerate", song from the Dude Ranch (album) from the American band Blink-182

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