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[bahy-oh-di-grey-duh-buh l] /ˌbaɪ oʊ dɪˈgreɪ də bəl/

capable of decaying through the action of living organisms:
biodegradable paper; biodegradable detergent.
(of sewage constituents, packaging material, etc) capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other biological means

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

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