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degradation

 [deg″rah-da´shun]
conversion of a chemical compound to one less complex, as by splitting off one or more groups of atoms. See also lysis.
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deg·ra·da·tion

(deg'ră-dā'shŭn),
The change of a chemical compound into a less complex compound.
[L. degradatus, degrade]
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degradation

(dĕg′rə-dā′shən)
n.
1. The act or process of degrading.
2. The state of being degraded; degeneration.
3. A decline to a lower condition, quality, or level.
4. Chemistry Decomposition of a compound, especially complex substances such as polymers and proteins, by stages, exhibiting well-defined intermediate products.

deg′ra·da′tive adj.
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deg·ra·da·tion

(deg'ră-dā'shŭn)
The change of a chemical compound into a less complex compound.
[L. degradatus, degrade]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

deg·ra·da·tion

(deg'ră-dā'shŭn)
The change of a chemical compound into a less complex compound.
[L. degradatus, degrade]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012
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* An understanding of the long-term impacts of intrusive infrastructure development and environmental degredation to provide balance to arguments about the first cost of underground solutions versus surface or elevated solutions;
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These were not extreme acts of cruelty but instead showed very clearly what it is like to be condemned to a never-ending sentence of humiliation, degredation and suffering - guilty of no crime other than that of becoming old and dependent in Britain.
Land Degredation. Kluwer Academic Publishing, Netherlands.
Endangered major ecosystems of the United States: A preliminary assessment of loss and degredation. Biological Report 28, U.S.
What I will say is that I've had enough of both the God botherers and the degredation brigade giving off about it all.
tissue plasminogen activator converts plasmin to plasminogen to form fibrin, which is broken down further into fibrin degredation products.