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photodegradable

[ foh-toh-di-grey-duh-buhl ]

adjective

  1. (of a substance) capable of being broken down by light.


photodegradable

/ ˌfəʊtəʊdɪˈɡreɪdəbəl /

adjective

  1. (of plastic) capable of being decomposed by prolonged exposure to light
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photodegradable

/ fō′tō-dĭ-grādə-bəl /

  1. Capable of decomposing when exposed to light. Photodegradable plastic, for example, becomes brittle and breaks into smaller pieces when exposed to sunlight, helping reduce litter and environmental damage.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of photodegradable1

First recorded in 1970–75; photo- + degradable

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