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biodegrade

[bahy-oh-di-greyd] /ˌbaɪ oʊ dɪˈgreɪd/
verb (used without object), biodegraded, biodegrading.
1.
to decay and become absorbed by the environment:
toys that will biodegrade when they're discarded.
Origin of biodegrade
1970-1975
First recorded in 1970-75; back formation from biodegradable
Related forms
biodegradation
[bahy-oh-deg-ruh-dey-shuh n] /ˌbaɪ oʊˌdɛg rəˈdeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun
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biodegradation in Medicine

biodegradation bi·o·deg·ra·da·tion (bī'ō-děg'rə-dā'shən)
n.
See biotransformation.

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