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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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But Mauer's findings showed that green tea powder degrades at lower temperatures, even below the glass transition temperature.
One possible explanation has been that those bacteria produce an enzyme that degrades the traps.