bio·​de·​te·​ri·​o·​ra·​tion | \ ˌbī-(ˌ)ō-di-ˌtir-ē-ə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce biodeterioration (audio) \

Definition of biodeterioration

: 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, "Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings have unique microbiomes, study finds," 22 Dec. 2020

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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“Biodeterioration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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