bio·​de·​te·​ri·​o·​ra·​tion ˌbī-(ˌ)ō-di-ˌtir-ē-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce biodeterioration (audio)
: the breakdown of materials by microbial action

Examples of biodeterioration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The researchers detected no visible biodeterioration on the drawing, apart from foxing stains (small yellow-brown spots or blotches). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 22 Dec. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of biodeterioration was in 1953

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“Biodeterioration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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