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Subject to decay, spoilage, or destruction.
pl.n. perishables
Items, especially foodstuffs, that are subject to decay or spoilage: placed the perishables in the freezer.

per′ish·a·bil′i·ty, per′ish·a·ble·ness n.
per′ish·a·bly adv.
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Noun1.perishability - unsatisfactoriness by virtue of being subject to decay or spoilage or destruction
unsatisfactoriness - the quality of being inadequate or unsuitable
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In today's fast-paced, snack-driven culture, perishability and convenience make fresh fruit difficult to eat.
Everyone recognizes the need for fruit in their diet, but perishability, and convenience make fruit fairly impractical as a snack," said Dane Lance, vice president of world-wide marketing and sales at Sunsweet.
Cut flowers represent a great opportunity for the exploiting of our FreshSpan(TM) technology, given the high profit margin and perishability of floral products.
Pizza has many obstacles to being a popular Internet product because of perishability," says Jeffrey Turback, spokesman for The New York First Company, "but Rocco's uses durable foil-laminated, metallized bubble cushions with leakproof refrigerant gel packs to maintain safe temperature throughout overnight delivery.
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Cut flowers represent a great opportunity for the exploiting of our FreshSpan(TM) technology given the high margin and perishability of the floral industry.
The vegetable industry will continue to experience volatile markets because growing conditions can change radically during each season and the perishability of produce limits its storage.
Historically, high transportation costs have been one of the major barriers to the distribution of fresh fruit to food banks since the fruit must be refrigerated while transported due to its high perishability.