[dih-grey-duh-buh l]
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Origin of degradable

First recorded in 1960–65; degrade + -able
Related formsde·grad·a·bil·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for degradability


  1. (of waste products, packaging materials, etc) capable of being decomposed chemically or biologicallySee also biodegradable
  2. capable of being degraded
Derived Formsdegradability, noun
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degradability in Science


  1. 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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