Degenerative simplicity is never uniformly distributed over all the structures of the organism.
The feathers of a peacock afford a convenient example of primitive and degenerative simplicity.
The one-sided specialization and the peculiar metallic colouring of the lateral tail feathers mark them as the extreme terms of a degenerative series, whilst the symmetry, likeness of constituent parts inter se, and absence of specialized pigment, as well as the fact that they differ little from any average feather of birds in general, mark the contour feather as primitively simple, and as the starting-point from which the highly elaborated eye-painted tail feather has gradually evolved.
The central part of the obstructed area very soon undergoes degenerative changes, and rapidly becomes decolourized.
- In many pathological conditions we have degenerative products of various kinds formed in the tissues.
Certain degenerative changes in the supra-renal glands may lead to Addison's disease, which is characterized by an excessive pigmentary condition of the skin and mucous membranes.
Certain peculiar substances, probably degenerative products, some of them reducing copper, are occasionally met with.
New elements appear in addition to degenerative changes in the normal red corpuscles.
In all Malacocotylea except the Holostomidae the ensuing change is a degenerative one.
TARDIGRADA, apparently Arthropodous animals whose relationship to the great classes of this sub-kingdom is masked by degenerative modification.
When some time has elapsed before treatment and the phosphorus has become absorbed, the organic degenerative changes cannot be easily controlled.