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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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Examples from the web for biodegradable
  • biodegradable plastics are made with a cornstarch additive.
  • Their plastic precursors damaged crematories and were not biodegradable.
  • But the scaffolds on which bone is grown are fragile, as they need to be porous and biodegradable.
  • biodegradable products are those that can be decomposed by microbes and other natural biological processes.
  • There also are phones coming onto the market that are built from recycled or biodegradable parts.
  • And, although it is still early days, preliminary tests suggest it is both non-toxic and biodegradable.
  • Green bedding products are manufactured without environmentally harmful chemicals and they are dyed with biodegradable pigments.
  • The emissions aren't exactly pleasant, but they are biodegradable and the fuel cost is pretty much zilch.
  • Thus, the gum manufacturers have been looking for ways to make chewing gum that is biodegradable and digestible.
  • Eventually it could yield more alcohol and provide the raw material for biodegradable plastic.
British Dictionary definitions for biodegradable

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 biodegradable
adj.

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

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biodegradable 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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biodegradable 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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biodegradable 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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