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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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SA044 was an excellent hydrocarbon degrader as it had the potential to degrade phenanthrene, naphthalene, xylene, anthracene and biphenyl.
One of strategy to degrade AHL signal molecule was using enzyme, such as AHL lactonase, AHL acylase, oxidoreductase and paraoksonase [13,21,37,41].
2 : to break down or separate into simpler parts or substances <Bacteria will degrade the spilled pollutant.
Straw samples were referred to as neat (untreated), Degrade I (treated for 6 wk), and Degrade 2 (treated for 12 wk).
Nebeker said the plant expansion as proposed would degrade the quality of local groundwater and disrupt efforts to sort out the legal rights to it.
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We studied the morphology, color, microbial interactions, ability to degrade feathers and other physiological characteristics of 42 strains of Streptomyces from the Ohio Wesleyan collection.
From date of manufacture, the plastic will start to degrade in approximately 18 months' time.