verb (used without object), bi·o·de·grad·ed, bi·o·de·grad·ing.

to decay and become absorbed by the environment: toys that will biodegrade when they're discarded.

Nearby words

  1. biocycle,
  2. biocytin,
  3. biodata,
  4. biodegradable,
  5. biodegradation,
  6. biodeterioration,
  7. biodiesel,
  8. biodiversification,
  9. biodiversity,
  10. biodot

Origin of biodegrade

First recorded in 1970–75; back formation from biodegradable

Related formsbi·o·deg·ra·da·tion [bahy-oh-deg-ruh-dey-shuh n] /ˌbaɪ oʊˌdɛg rəˈdeɪ ʃən/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for biodegradation





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