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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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out of 12 , 9 (75 %) of the isolated bacterial strains had the potential to degrade naphthalene and phenanthrene as both of these hydrocarbons are widely distributed in the environment and can be easily degraded by microorganisms [29].
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These microbes were separately allowed to degrade the polythene and plastics under shaker cultures for a month.
The cores begin to degrade as moisture accumulates on or is absorbed into the core or core wash coating.
cepacia is being used in bioremediation products is unknown; however, the species has been used extensively to degrade ground water TCE contamination in at least one large U.
He believes it might be able to degrade more than one pollutant at a time.
This material degrades over time, breaks loose with thermal cycling and the drag of polymer flow, and can make lots of black specks.
2] (and/or acetate) in complex anaerobic microbial communities that degrade chlorinated aromatic compounds is also useful because of the key roles that these populations play in sustaining biodegradation of the parent compounds (Becker et al.
government intentionally used sanctions against Iraq to degrade the country's water supply after the Gulf War.
The method comprises adding a culture containing at least six strains of microorganisms capable of degrading PCBs to PCB contaminated soil, mixing the soil and microorganism culture together and maintaining the culture under stringent conditions which promote the growth of the microorganisms and which stimulate the ability of the microorganisms to degrade the PCBs.
42% more calories are requirod to degrade a C-C bond than it takes to degrade a perfect C-S monosulfide bond.