[ dih-grey-duh-buh l ]
/ dɪˈgreɪ də bəl /


susceptible to chemical breakdown.
Compare biodegradable.

Origin of degradable

First recorded in 1960–65; degrade + -able

Related forms

de·grad·a·bil·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for degradability


/ (dɪˈɡreɪdəbəl) /


(of waste products, packaging materials, etc) capable of being decomposed chemically or biologicallySee also biodegradable
capable of being degraded

Derived Forms

degradability, noun
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Science definitions for degradability


[ dĭ-grādə-bəl ]

Relating to a compound that breaks down into simpler compounds by stages. During the degradation of a degradable compound, well-defined intermediate products are created.
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