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biodegradable

[bahy-oh-di-grey-duh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. capable of decaying through the action of living organisms: biodegradable paper; biodegradable detergent.
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Origin of biodegradable

First recorded in 1960–65; bio- + degrade + -able
Related formsbi·o·de·grad·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·bi·o·de·grad·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for biodegradability

biodegradable

adjective
  1. (of sewage constituents, packaging material, etc) capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other biological means
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Derived Formsbiodegradation (ˌbaɪəʊˌdɛɡrəˈdeɪʃən), nounbiodegradability (ˌbaɪəʊˌdɛɡreɪdɪˈbɪlɪtɪ), noun
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Word Origin and History for biodegradability

biodegradable

adj.

also bio-degradable, 1960, from bio- + degrade + -able.

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biodegradability in Medicine

biodegradable

(bī′ō-dĭ-grādə-bəl)
adj.
  1. Capable of being decomposed by biological agents, especially bacteria.
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biodegradability in Science

biodegradable

[bī′ō-dĭ-grādə-bəl]
  1. Capable of being decomposed by the action of biological agents, especially bacteria.
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biodegradability in Culture

biodegradable

[(beye-oh-di-gray-duh-buhl)]

Material that, left to itself, will be decomposed by natural processes.

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Note

The use of biodegradable packaging is supposed to reduce the volume of waste in landfills.
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