geno-, gen-, genit-, gener-, -gen

(Greek > Latin: race, kind; line of descent; origin, creation; pertaining to sexual relations, reproduction, or heredity; and more recently, a gene or genes)

Relating to the branch of astrophysics that studies the origin and evolution and structure of the universe.
Of unknown, indeterminate, or obscure cause or origin.
1. A branch of biology which deals with heredity and the cellular components; especially, chromosomes that are associated with heredity.
2. The study of the relationships between inheritance and the structure and function of cell components by using the sciences of cytology and genetics.
cytopathogenesis (s) (noun) (no pl)
The production of pathologic (disease) changes in cells: Cytopathogenesis occurs when the cells in the body are altered by the development of a disorder or serious affliction.
cytopathogenetic (adjective) (not comparable)
Relating to, or producing pathological changes in cells: To determine the cytopathogenetic effects on a living form, tests were performed on mice in the lab.
degenerate (s) (noun), degenerates (pl)
Someone whose behavior is not socially acceptable or is not morally right: "The police were looking for a group of degenerates who were on a crime spree."

"The degenerate told the elderly woman that he was a police officer and when she let him in, he tied her up and stole her money and jewels and gold coins and then left her tied up."

degenerate (verb), degenerates; degenerated; degenerating
To change into a worse condition or situation; to become worse, weaker, or more useless: The doctors indicated that as Fay's disease progresses, she will degenerate even faster.

The meeting of the political rivals on TV degenerated into a shouting match and so it was degenerating completely out of control.

To pass from a higher to a lower condition or situation.
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degenerate (adjective), more degenerate, most degenerate
A reference to low moral standards; not being honest, proper, nor good: "During the pastor's sermon, he criticized what he believed to be a degenerative society."