degradable

adjective

de·​grad·​able di-ˈgrā-də-bəl How to pronounce degradable (audio)
dē-
: capable of being chemically degraded
degradable detergents
compare biodegradable
degradability noun

Examples of degradable in a Sentence

plastic that is not degradable
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of degradable was circa 1962

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“Degradable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/degradable. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

degradable

adjective
de·​grad·​able di-ˈgrād-ə-bəl How to pronounce degradable (audio)
: capable of being chemically degraded
degradable detergents
degradability noun
plural degradabilities
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