photodegradable [fōt΄ō dē grād′ə bəl]
that will decompose under exposure to certain kinds of radiant energy, esp. ultraviolet light, as certain plastics or insecticides

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  • photodégradable — [fɔtodegʀadabl] adj. ÉTYM. 1974, in la Clé des mots; de photo , et dégradable, d après biodégradable. ❖ ♦ Didact. Qui peut se décomposer sous l action de la lumière (visible ou non visible). || Plastique photodégradable aux ultraviolets …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • photodegradable — ˌ adjective Etymology: phot + degradable (herein) : chemically degradable by the action of light photodegradable plastics * * * photodegradable, degradation see photo 3 …   Useful english dictionary

  • photodegradable — adjective Date: 1971 chemically degradable by the action of light < photodegradable plastics > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • photodegradable — /foh toh di gray deuh beuhl/, adj. (of a substance) capable of being broken down by light. [1970 75; PHOTO + DEGRADABLE] * * * …   Universalium

  • photodegradable — adjective Capable of being chemically broken down as the result of a photochemical reaction See Also: photodegradation …   Wiktionary

  • photodegradable — adjective capable of being decomposed by the action of light, especially sunlight …   English new terms dictionary

  • photodegradable — pho·to·degradable …   English syllables

  • photodegradable — pho•to•de•grad•a•ble [[t]ˌfoʊ toʊ dɪˈgreɪ də bəl[/t]] adj. chem. phs (of a substance) capable of being broken down by light • Etymology: 1970–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • photodegradable — /foʊtoʊdəˈgreɪdəbəl/ (say fohtohduh grayduhbuhl) adjective of or relating to a substance, such as the special plastic used in some plastic bags, which breaks up or degrades after prolonged exposure to sunlight …  

  • Bioplastic — This article is about plastics made from renewable biomass. For the information on plastics which are biodegradable, see biodegradable plastic. Biodegradable plastic utensils …   Wikipedia

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