- bi•o•de•grade[[t]ˌbaɪ oʊ dɪˈgreɪd[/t]] v. i. -grad•ed, -grad•ing.ecl to decay and become absorbed by the environment•Etymology: 1970–75 bi`o•deg`ra•da′tion -ˌdɛg rəˈdeɪ ʃən n.
From formal English to slang. 2014.
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