- capable of decaying through the action of living organisms: biodegradable paper; biodegradable detergent.
Origin of biodegradable
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- (of sewage constituents, packaging material, etc) capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other biological means
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Word Origin and History for non-biodegradable
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- Capable of being decomposed by biological agents, especially bacteria.
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- Capable of being decomposed by the action of biological agents, especially bacteria.
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Material that, left to itself, will be decomposed by natural processes.
The use of biodegradable packaging is supposed to reduce the volume of waste in landfills.
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