biochemical oxygen demand

noun

Definition of biochemical oxygen demand

: the oxygen used in meeting the metabolic needs of aerobic microorganisms in water rich in organic matter (such as water polluted with sewage)

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Recent Examples on the Web As a result of the initiative, preliminary testing there has shown a 400-percent improvement in biochemical oxygen demand, one of many water quality indicators, the release said. Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com, 31 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of biochemical oxygen demand

1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Biochemical oxygen demand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biochemical%20oxygen%20demand. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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biochemical oxygen demand

noun
biochemical oxygen de·​mand | \ -di-ˌmand How to pronounce biochemical oxygen demand (audio) \

Medical Definition of biochemical oxygen demand

: the oxygen used in meeting the metabolic needs of aerobic microorganisms in water rich in organic matter (as water polluted with sewage)

called also biological oxygen demand, oxygen demand

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Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about biochemical oxygen demand

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