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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.


to decompose (something)


(ˌbaɪ oʊ dɪˈgreɪd)

v.i. -grad•ed, -grad•ing.
to decay and become absorbed by the environment.
bi`o•deg`ra•da′tion (-ˌdɛg rəˈdeɪ ʃən) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.biodegrade - break down naturally through the action of biological agentsbiodegrade - break down naturally through the action of biological agents; "Plastic bottles do not biodegrade"
molder, moulder, rot, decompose - break down; "The bodies decomposed in the heat"


A. VTbiodegradar
B. VIbiodegradarse
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According to the paper, the CHACC composition, which contains 15 per cent of CHA in a thin layer around the calcium carbonate, has the strong, porous structure that has made CHA commercially successful, but contains significantly improved biodegrading properties to support natural bone healing.
Biodegrading, the breaking down of organic substances by natural means, happens all the time in nature.
A year or so later she at first thought mice were responsible for its tattered state until she realised that the bag was in the process of biodegrading.