Deterioration

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Deterioration Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    deterioration n
  1. a symptom of reduced quality or strength [syn: impairment]
  2. process of changing to an inferior state [syn: decline in quality, declension, worsening]
Deterioration Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Deterioration \De*te`ri*o*ra"tion\, n. [LL. deterioratio: cf. F. d['e]t['e]rioration.] The process of growing worse, or the state of having grown worse.
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Deterioration is a term now commonly used in health care, to describe worsening of a patient's condition. It is often used as a shortened form of 'deterioration not recognised or not acted upon'. Much work to reduce harm from deterioration has been undertaken by the National Patient Safety Agency.

Deterioration, from Latin deteriorare "to make worse", from deterior "lower, worse", may refer to:

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