capable of decaying through the action of living organisms: biodegradable paper; biodegradable detergent.
- bi·o·de·grad·a·bil·i·ty, noun
- non·bi·o·de·grad·a·ble, adjective
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How to use biodegradable in a sentence
She and colleagues recently came up with a way to transform polyethylene into alkylaromatic compounds, which can be used as biodegradable ingredients in shampoos, detergents and other products.Chemists are reimagining recycling to keep plastics out of landfills | Maria Temming | January 27, 2021 | Science News
While you’re at it, check out Coghlan’s travel biodegradable toilet tissue for your next outhouse free experience.
Upon reaching their destination, the drones hover and lower customers’ caffeine fixes onto the ground using a biodegradable linen string.With grocery store access limited during the pandemic, drone delivery offers a high-tech boost to business | Alyssa Newcomb | January 11, 2021 | Fortune
Replacing plastic straws with biodegradable ones is not going to save the oceans.Big Tech’s attention economy can be reformed. Here’s how. | Gideon Lichfield | January 10, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
Strawberries are being grown with spray-on, biodegradable weed barriers that could eliminate the need to spread plastic sheeting over every bed.How technology might finally start telling farmers things they didn’t already know | Katie McLean | December 18, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
British Dictionary definitions for biodegradable
(of sewage constituents, packaging material, etc) capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other biological means
- biodegradation (ˌbaɪəʊˌdɛɡrəˈdeɪʃən), noun
- biodegradability (ˌbaɪəʊˌdɛɡreɪdɪˈbɪlɪtɪ), noun
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Scientific definitions for biodegradable
Capable of being decomposed by the action of biological agents, especially bacteria.
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Cultural definitions for biodegradable
Material that, left to itself, will be decomposed by natural processes.
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