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

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

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plastic that is not degradable
Recent Examples on the Web For example, according to the document, the catering industry will be banned from using single-use plastic cutlery in major cities by the end of 2020, while non-degradable plastic straws will be unavailable nationwide. Ben Westcott, CNN, "China has announced a new plan to crack down on most single-use plastics by 2025," 20 Jan. 2020 The European Union is currently working to ban oxo-degradable plastics. Troy Farah, Ars Technica, "Bioplastics continue to blossom—are they really better for the environment?," 20 Jan. 2020 Footprint will send over 100,000 products to Miami for Super Bowl LIV -- all of which are compostable and marine-degradable. Amanda Morris, azcentral, "Arizona company fights plastic pollution at Super Bowl LIV with eco-friendly alternatives," 29 Jan. 2020 For instance, the plastic, non-degradable tableware that will be banned in many restaurants this year will only be partially phased out in takeaway containers by 2025. Ben Westcott, CNN, "China has announced a new plan to crack down on most single-use plastics by 2025," 20 Jan. 2020 By 2022, some delivery services in major cities including Beijing and Shanghai will be forbidden from using non-degradable packaging, with the ban extended to the whole country by 2025. Fortune, "‘Catching up with the rest of world:’ China sets bans on single-use plastic," 20 Jan. 2020 Non-degradable plastic bags will be banned in major Chinese cities by the end of this year, with smaller cities and towns following in 2022. James Osborne, Houston Chronicle, "China bans single use plastics," 20 Jan. 2020 Freund said her family, looking for new ways to get rid of the manure their cows produce, have been producing and selling bio-degradable pots made from cow poop. Gregory B. Hladky,, "Dozens of farms lost in the last decade as hard times continue for Connecticut’s dairy industry," 13 Aug. 2019 For medical applications, scaffolds generally need to be safe for implantation, must not induce a response from the body’s immune system, be degradable and capable of supporting cell growth. Natalie R. Rubio, The Conversation, "So far cultured meat has been burgers – the next big challenge is animal-free steaks," 5 July 2019

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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 25 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of degradable

technical : capable of being slowly broken down into simple parts


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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