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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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SA061 were able to degrade phenanthrene, naphthalene and xylene.
Some bacteria can produce enzyme which can degrade AHL molecules and it can be found in the same habitat with quorum sensing bacteria [6].
While treatment of wheat straw with a white-rot fungus may selectively degrade lignin, it could potentially reduce the thermal stability of the straw since lignin is the thermally most stable component in lignocellulosic materials (Fengel and Wegener 1989).
This abuse drastically degrades the cable's electrical performance.
The materials were allowed to degrade naturally in the mangrove soil, and they were sampled at the intervals of 2, 4, 6 and 9 months using sterile forceps and transferred to laboratory aseptically.
From date of manufacture, the plastic will start to degrade in approximately 18 months' time.
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.
Gandhi stated: "As it is, man had sufficiently degraded woman for his lust, and artificial methods, no matter how wellmeaning the advocates may be, will still further degrade her.
only briefly refer to the capacity of this species to degrade chlorinated aromatic substrates such as those found in certain pesticides and herbicides.
Secure imprisonment will suffice to incapacitate dangerous offenders; we need not, in addition, degrade them or treat them humanely.
Last fall, the NCAC's Group on Women, Censorship, and "Pornography" sent letters to more than 15 members of the House, urging them to excise the bill's section providing training for judges and court personnel "on current information on the impact of pornography on crimes against women, or data on other activities that tend to degrade women.
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.