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degrade

(dĭ-grād′)
v. de·graded, de·grading, de·grades
v.tr.
1. To reduce in grade, rank, or status; demote.
2. To cause (an organic compound) to undergo degradation.
v.intr.
1. To fall to a lower rank or status.
2. To undergo degradation; decompose: a chemical that degrades rapidly.

de·grad′er n.
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As pressure on the grains increased over time, the cracks healed, sealing in the oil and shielding it from chemicals that could degrade it.
Our new Curtisium(TM) enhanced glow coatings do not degrade in the outside environment and are much less expensive with a brighter and longer glow than competitive materials," stated Steve Nagel, President of Kolorfusion.
When discussing why CIBENZA DP100 does not degrade phytase, Lawrence stated, "It would be like putting one person in a room of 20,000 people and expecting that to find one other specific person in a short period of time," he said.
If the pastures degrade, it will be responsibility of the local governments," the MP said.
More than simply documenting this degradation of work, however, Doussard seeks to uncover why employers degrade labour, why workers stay in such jobs, and what activists can do to combat the degradation of work.
Heavy halogens such as bromine and iodine are radio-opaque, but the typical halogenated resins are not biocompatible and do not degrade by main-chain scission.
Pleurotus ostreatus ATCC 32,783 was chosen based on its ability to selectively degrade the hemicellulose and lignin fractions in lignocellulosic substrates (Hadar et al.
The migrating effluent plume will eventually degrade the ground water underlying the southern portion of the base,'' Baker wrote.
Marine adhesive proteins stick to wet and irregular surfaces, bind very strongly, and degrade very little, but are burdensome and costly to synthesize; soy proteins are abundant, renewable, and affordable, but are relatively weak and easily degraded.
2] is a feasible treatment method to degrade COD and toxicity in wastewaters when the initial COD is less than 500 mg/L.
University of California (Oakland, CA) has patented a method using a two-hybrid system to screen for agents that modulate the ability of a cell to degrade or to accumulate a metabolic product or to selective kill a cell or to selectively express a gene or cDNA in a cell that has a defect in its ability to degrade or to accumulate a metabolic product.
Dirt, metal oxides and other contaminates can really degrade your antenna.