Capable of decomposing into harmless products;
as, a new generation of biodegradable plastics.
Greek bios (life) and Late Latin degradare (to reduce the rank of).
Able to be decomposed by natural biological processes, such as by being digested by bacteria or fungi.

From the BioTech Dictionary at http://biotech.icmb.utexas.edu/. For further information see the BioTech homenode.

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