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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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Significant differences were observed in DM, NDF, ADF, EE and ash contents as well as degradability parameters of DM, NDF, ADF and OM, including highly soluble and readily degradable fraction (a), insoluble and slowly degradable fraction (b), rate constant for degradation of the fraction b (c) and effective degradability (ED) in different times of biodegradation.
Effect of fibrolytic enzymes and an inoculant on in vitro degradability and gas production of low-dry matter alfalfa silage.
Estimation of protein degradability in the rumen from incubation measurement weighted according to rate of passage.
Thus, PLLA and PBAT mixture (1:1 w/w ratio) were used as co-biodegradable filler to maintain the degradability and enhance the flexural strength of DEPS [18, 19].
Studies and techniques that characterize these byproducts, such as the in vitro degradability technique by gas production, enable the identification of byproducts that are efficient in replacing conventional foods.
In the article titled "Investigating the Degradability of HDPE, LDPE, PE-BIO, and PE-OXO Films under UV-B Radiation" [1], there were errors in the key of Figure 3, the legends of Figures 2, 3, 4, and 5, which are corrected below.
Influence of rumen protein degradability and supplementation frequency on performance and nitrogen use in ruminants consuming low-quality forage: cow performance and efficiency of nitrogen use in wethers.
An ecological advantage of the organIQ BLEACH System in comparison to KMnO4 is the good degradability of the bleaching agent.
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According to the researcher, the mechanical strength, degradability, water sorption and inorganic bioactivity of the produced nanocomposite scaffold have been evaluated by carrying out various tests, including MTT and liquid movement porosimetry.