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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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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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The materials were allowed to degrade naturally in the mangrove soil, and they were sampled at the intervals of 2, 4, 6 and 9 months using sterile forceps and transferred to laboratory aseptically.
We studied the morphology, color, microbial interactions, ability to degrade feathers and other physiological characteristics of 42 strains of Streptomyces from the Ohio Wesleyan collection.
From date of manufacture, the plastic will start to degrade in approximately 18 months' time.
Environmentally sound means that the system should enhance and not degrade the natural resource base for future generations.
The system uses an AO process that generates reactive radicals and highly oxidized species such as ozone, which, when combined with the blackwater system, can degrade, breakdown and or mineralize organics at low temperatures.