degradable

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

adjective

susceptible to chemical breakdown.

Nearby words

  1. deglut,
  2. deglut.,
  3. deglutinate,
  4. deglutition,
  5. degorger,
  6. degradation,
  7. degradation of energy,
  8. degrade,
  9. degraded,
  10. degrading

Compare biodegradable.

Origin of degradable

First recorded in 1960–65; degrade + -able

Related formsde·grad·a·bil·i·ty, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for degradability

degradable

/ (dɪˈɡreɪdəbəl) /

adjective

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

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Science definitions for degradability

degradable

[ 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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