biofouling

noun
bio·​foul·​ing | \ ˌbi-(ˌ)ō-ˈfau̇-liŋ How to pronounce biofouling (audio) \

Definition of biofouling

: the gradual accumulation of waterborne organisms (such as bacteria and protozoa) on the surfaces of engineering structures in water that contributes to corrosion of the structures and to a decrease in the efficiency of moving parts

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Recent Examples on the Web Better approaches to mitigate biofouling (fouling of pipes by barnacles or algae), corrosion, and other degradation during long deployments. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "What Does the U.S. Military Want with Robot Manta Ray Subs?," 16 Mar. 2020 The nets were carrying up to 110 tons of biofouling. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Fish farm caused Atlantic salmon spill near San Juans, then tried to hide how bad it was, state says," 2 Feb. 2018 Desiccation, or removing the baskets from the water once a week, is required to control biofouling of baskets and oysters. Guest Voices, AL.com, "Oyster farmer's guide to pier growing and becoming a rock star," 29 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of biofouling

1943, in the meaning defined above

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“Biofouling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biofouling. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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