biodeterioration

noun
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

First Known Use of biodeterioration

1953, in the meaning defined above

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“Biodeterioration.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biodeterioration. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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