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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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2 : to break down or separate into simpler parts or substances <Bacteria will degrade the spilled pollutant.
Heat-sensitive materials like PVC, ABS, and EVOH, or engineering resins like acetals, PC, nylon, or polyesters are more likely to degrade than heat-tolerant polyolefins.
That substance gradually degrades into lactic acid, which the body metabolizes naturally.
In particular, little is known about the composition of anaerobic microbial communities that degrade chlorinated organic compounds in situ.
Dirt, metal oxides and other contaminates can really degrade your antenna.
The system uses an AO process that generates reactive radicals and highly oxidized species such as ozone, which, when combined with the blackwater system, can degrade, breakdown and or mineralize organics at low temperatures.
The fungus's role in paper processing comes from its ability to degrade lignin, which must be removed from wood in converting it to paper, says Michael Gold, head of OGI's department of chemical and biological sciences.
Without the gene, the bacteria didn't degrade the NETs and were quickly killed by cultured neutrophils.
G-P screws may not be wise choices for clear materials because they tend to have dead spots behind the flights in the metering and transition sections where polymer can hang up and degrade.
Isolation and characterization of a sulfate-reducing bacterium that anaerobically degrades alkanes.
This compression of an already compressed voice signal degrades voice clarity.