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biodegradable

[bahy-oh-di-grey-duh-buh l] /ˌbaɪ oʊ dɪˈgreɪ də bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of decaying through the action of living organisms:
biodegradable paper; biodegradable detergent.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; bio- + degrade + -able
Related forms
biodegradability, noun
nonbiodegradable, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bio-degradability

biodegradable

/ˌbaɪəʊdɪˈɡreɪdəbəl/
adjective
1.
(of sewage constituents, packaging material, etc) capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other biological means
Derived Forms
biodegradation (ˌbaɪəʊˌdɛɡrəˈdeɪʃən) noun
biodegradability (ˌbaɪəʊˌdɛɡreɪdɪˈbɪlɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for bio-degradability

biodegradable

adj.

also bio-degradable, 1960, from bio- + degrade + -able.

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bio-degradability in Medicine

biodegradable bi·o·de·grad·a·ble (bī'ō-dĭ-grā'də-bəl)
adj.
Capable of being decomposed by biological agents, especially bacteria.

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bio-degradability in Science
biodegradable
  (bī'ō-dĭ-grā'də-bəl)   
Capable of being decomposed by the action of biological agents, especially bacteria.
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bio-degradability in Culture
biodegradable [(beye-oh-di-gray-duh-buhl)]

Material that, left to itself, will be decomposed by natural processes.

Note: The use of biodegradable packaging is supposed to reduce the volume of waste in landfills.
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