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TO DEGRADE, DEGRADING. To, sink or lower a person in the estimation of the public.
     2. As a man's character is of great importance to him, and it is his interest to retain the good opinion of all mankind, when he is a witness, he cannot be compelled to disclose any matter which would tend to disgrace or degrade him, 13 How. St. Tr. 17, 334, 16 How. St. Tr. 161. A question having that tendency, however, may be asked, and, in such case, when the witness chooses to answer it, the answer is conclusive. 1 Phil. Ev. 269; R. & M. 383.

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05), while the Y-intercept at time 0 (a), asymptote of degradation curve (b) and effective rumen degradability (Ed) values of pasture NDF were not affected by YM supplementation.
The aerobic and anaerobic microbial degradability of wastewater components were investigated in several laboratory-scale experiments (Wiessner et al.
Tissue culture loading test with storage granules from animal models of neuronal ceroid-lipofuscinosis (Batten disease): Testing their lysosomal degradability by normal and Batten cells.
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New research shows that there are major differences in degradability among the tissues.
There has been a growing movement to ban plastic bags around Australia and replace them with biodegradable plastic bags, or the new generation of green bags--which have their own degradability limitations, according to Dr Nair's study.
The higher amounts in the dry matter losses of NaOH treated rice straw is also in agreement with previously reported in sacco degradability measurements of treated barely straw (Chaudry et al.
The chemical and the biological degradability of the micropollutants are extremely varied.
fetida and/or mixing with wood shavings are adequate to achieve specific purposes, such as stimulation of microbial activity with shredding or vermicomposting (increased C degradability and microbial biomass), or slow nutrient release with addition of wood shavings.
Far from oxo-biodegradable plastics not being verified by standard specifications, Symphony says they can be assessed for degradability, biodegradability and non eco-toxicity by ASTM D6954-04.