de·​grad·​able | \ di-ˈgrā-də-bəl How to pronounce degradable (audio) , dē- \

Definition of degradable

: capable of being chemically degraded degradable detergents — compare biodegradable

Other Words from degradable

degradability \ di-​ˌgrā-​də-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce degradable (audio) , dē-​ \ noun

Examples of degradable in a Sentence

plastic that is not degradable
Recent Examples on the Web Swing by any of its Brand Centers (see a list here) on Earth Day to pick up your safe plogging kit (latex Gloves, Bio-degradable Bags, and hand-sanitizing wipes) and $50 off your next Fjällräven product for participating. Outside Online, 15 Apr. 2021 The unscented, fully degradable formula is safe for a closed-loop water system like the one used on the ISS. Gear Team, Wired, 6 Jan. 2022 Station astronauts currently trash their dirty clothes; Procter & Gamble Co. is developing a fully degradable detergent for eventual use at the station, on the moon and beyond. Fox News, 22 Dec. 2021 The range features three new fabrics: Rigid 727, Comfort Stretch 785, and Super Stretch 778, all of which degrade respective to how much stretch is woven throughout each fabric (but, ultimately, all are degradable). Todd Plummer, Robb Report, 4 Nov. 2021 Rusak has been scaling up this degradable concept, starting with an outdoor sculpture commissioned to accompany an exhibition of modern Polish art and design at the William Morris Gallery in London. New York Times, 12 Oct. 2021 Making these batteries is challenging, because the active materials have to be stable during their operation, but degradable at end of life. Lucy Sherriff, Fortune, 28 Sep. 2021 Left without a viable plan, tons of non-degradable plastic partitions will likely end up in a landfill. Anne Quito, Quartz, 29 June 2021 Non-bio degradable by design, plexiglass or poly methyl methacrylate isn’t easy to recycle. Anne Quito, Quartz, 29 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of degradable

circa 1962, in the meaning defined above

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“Degradable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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de·​grad·​able | \ di-ˈgrād-ə-bəl How to pronounce degradable (audio) \

Medical Definition of degradable

: capable of being chemically degraded degradable detergents

Other Words from degradable

degradability \ -​ˌgrād-​ə-​ˈbil-​ət-​ē How to pronounce degradable (audio) \ noun, plural degradabilities


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