Material that can be broken down into simpler substances (elements and compounds) by bacteria or other decomposers. Paper and most organic wastes such as animal manure are biodegradable. See nonbiodegradable.
capable of being decomposed by bacteria [Collins]
Capable of being broken down by micro-organisms which utilise the substance as a source of energy and bring about its destruction. Usually referred to biological processes in soil, water, sewage but also to man-made organic compounds such as pesticides.
Type: Term Pronunciation: bī′ō-dē-grād′ă-bil Definitions: 1. Denoting a substance that can be chemically degraded or decomposed by natural effectors (weather, soil bacteria, plants, animals).Found on http://www.medilexicon.com/medicaldictionary.php?t=10263
Capable of being eaten or otherwise decomposed by some kind of living creature. Bacteria and fungi are the main culprits; we usually use the word edible for things that can be eaten by animals. It is important to consider the timescale involved - paper is biodegradable, but can kick around for a very long time before succumbing. Most synthetic poly...Found on http://www.kcpc.usyd.edu.au/discovery/glossary-all.html
Capable of decaying and being absorbed by the environment.Found on http://www.wolfsource.org/?page_id=63
Capable of decomposing under natural conditions. Found on http://www.epa.gov/OCEPAterms/
Able to break down or decompose rapidly under natural conditions and processes.Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/local/20096
- capable of being decomposed by e.g. bacteriaFound on http://www.webdictionary.co.uk/definition.php?query=biodegradable
Materials that will decompose into naturally occurring, harmless components with exposure to air, sunlight and/or moisture.Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/local/20453
describes a substance that can be decomposed by microorganismsFound on http://www.oasisenviro.co.uk/Glossary%20A%20to%20B.htm
items which decay and rot naturally into harmless substances through the action of the weather and living things. We often put biodegradable rubbish into compost heaps.
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The ability to biodegrade, that is for organic compounds to be converted to inorganic compounds, leaving no toxic or synthetic residues
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materials are those that can be broken down, usually by micro organisms. Most organic wastes such as food and paper are biodegradable
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Class of compounds for which there is unequivocal evidence of biodegradation
(primary or ultimate) in any test of biodegradability.Found on http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/iupacglossary/glossaryi.html
Having the ability to decompose through the action of bacteria
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a material which can be broken down by enzymes.
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A substance that can be chemically degraded via natural effectors such as soil bacteria, weather, plants or animals. ... (27 Sep 1997) ... Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/local/20973
capable of being decomposed by e.g. bacteria; `a biodegradable detergent`Found on http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=biodegradable
(bi″o-de-grād´ә-bәl) susceptible of breakdown into simpler components by biological processes, as by bacterial or other enzymatic action.Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/local/21001
biodegradable 1. Anything that is susceptible to the decomposing action of living organisms, especially of bacteria; which are occasionally broken down by biochemical processes in the body. 2. Denoting a substance that can be chemically degraded or decomposed by natural processes (for example: weather, soil bacteria, plants, animals) without harmi...Found on http://www.wordinfo.info/words/index/info/view_unit/2364/
Nontoxic and capable of decomposing rapidly by microorganisms under natural conditions (aerobic and/or anaerobic). Most organic materials, such as food scraps and paper are biodegradable. See also biodegradable waste.Found on http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/B/AE_biodegradable.html
A substance which will decompose as the result of action by bacteria and other living organisms.Found on http://www.encyclo.co.uk/local/21179
Capable of being broken down by living organisms, principally bacteria and fungi. In biodegradable substances, such as food and sewage, the natural processes of decay lead to compaction and liquefaction, and to the release of nutrients that are then recycled by the ecosystem. This process can have some disadvantageous side effects, such as the rele...Found on http://www.talktalk.co.uk/reference/encyclopaedia/hutchinson/m0007950.html
Able to be decomposed by biological agents, such as bacteria.Found on http://www.ccnphawaii.com/glossary-b.htm
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