biodegradable

[ bahy-oh-di-grey-duh-buh l ]
/ ˌbaɪ oʊ dɪˈgreɪ də bəl /

adjective

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

OTHER WORDS FROM biodegradable

bi·o·de·grad·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·bi·o·de·grad·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for biodegradable

biodegradable
/ (ˌbaɪəʊdɪˈɡreɪdəbəl) /

adjective

(of sewage constituents, packaging material, etc) capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other biological means

Derived forms of biodegradable

biodegradation (ˌbaɪəʊˌdɛɡrəˈdeɪʃən), nounbiodegradability (ˌbaɪəʊˌdɛɡreɪdɪˈbɪlɪtɪ), noun
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Medical definitions for biodegradable

biodegradable
[ bī′ō-dĭ-grādə-bəl ]

adj.

Capable of being decomposed by biological agents, especially bacteria.
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Scientific definitions for biodegradable

biodegradable
[ bī′ō-dĭ-grādə-bəl ]

Capable of being decomposed by the action of biological agents, especially bacteria.
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Cultural definitions for biodegradable

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

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

notes for biodegradable

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