The breakdown by micro-organisms of a compound to simpler chemicals. Materials that are easily biodegraded are colloquially termed biodegradable.

Glossary of Biotechnology for Food and Agriculture . 2015.

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  • biodegrade — UK [ˌbaɪəʊdɪˈɡreɪd] / US [ˌbaɪoʊdɪˈɡreɪd] verb [intransitive] Word forms biodegrade : present tense I/you/we/they biodegrade he/she/it biodegrades present participle biodegrading past tense biodegraded past participle biodegraded if a substance… …   English dictionary

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  • biodegrade — bi•o•de•grade [[t]ˌbaɪ oʊ dɪˈgreɪd[/t]] v. i. grad•ed, grad•ing. ecl to decay and become absorbed by the environment • Etymology: 1970–75 bi o•deg ra•da′tion ˌdɛg rəˈdeɪ ʃən n …   From formal English to slang

  • biodegrade — /baɪoʊdəˈgreɪd/ (say buyohduh grayd) verb (i) (biodegraded, biodegrading) to decompose as a result of the action of living organisms, especially bacteria …  

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