necrobiosis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n necrobiosis (physiology) the normal degeneration and death of living cells (as in various epithelial cells)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Necrobiosis (Biol. & Med) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n necrobiosis In pathology, degenerative progress toward and ending in the death of a portion of tissue.
    • n necrobiosis 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Necrobiosis degeneration of living tissue
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. nekro`s dead + way of life, fr. life
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. nekros, dead.