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Capable of being decomposed by biological agents, especially bacteria: a biodegradable detergent.

bi′o·de·grad′a·bil′i·ty n.
bi′o·deg′ra·da′tion (-dĕg′rə-dā′shən) n.
bi′o·de·grade′ v.
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[ˌbaɪəʊˌdegrəˈdeɪʃən] Nbiodegradación f
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