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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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aerogenes * = very active crude oil degraders with colonies appearing within 24 h of incubation in mineral salt medium containing crude oil.
Mandate that T/M/S teams address future O&S costs in their new acquisition programs and renew their focus on addressing readiness degraders and cost-reduction initiatives in their "deep-dive" review briefings.
Potential hydrocarbon degrader bacteria were isolated from soil samples that have been exposed to petroleum oil spills in mechanic workshops and gas stations.
It needs the mechanical check of grazing activity, and it needs the resources stored in animal bodies and freed up by degraders after animals die.
to agar degraders also fits into this pattern, but differs in some aspects from that of the closely related Gracilaria chilensis.
So, in their search for a way to help livestock unlock tied-up phytic acid, the researchers turned to one of nature's most efficient degraders.
High-energy neutron spectrum measurements using electrochemically etched CR-39 detectors with radiators and degraders.
One is keenly of naval aviation's greatest readiness degraders is foreign-object damage or FOD.
Adaptation and selection of specific atrazine-degrading bacterial communities that may utilise atrazine as a source of C and N for their metabolism has been shown, with total numbers of these degraders increased with regular long-term application of atrazine (Racke and Coats 1990).
Donkeys have played an important role in building the economy of Namibia, but now the half-million or so, most of them strays, are considered a nuisance, degraders of the ecology and a danger on the roads.
Kuo and Genthner (1996) point out that their results suggest that, in addition to adversely affecting degraders in a consortium, metals may affect nondegrading consortium members that play a vital but indirect role in the degradation process.