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amylase any of a class of enzymes, found in saliva and many tissues of plants and animals, that break down starch to sugars.
biodegrade to break down through the action of living organisms.
bioreactor a device in which living organisms or biological reactions are used to create a product or break down waste.
change of money, to break down into smaller denominations, or convert into foreign currency. [1/18 definitions]
crack up to break down emotionally. [1/2 definitions]
decompose to break down (a substance) into simpler compounds or component elements. [1/3 definitions]
degrade to break down the chemical complexity of (a substance); cause decomposition. [2/8 definitions]
deteriorate to wear away; break down little by little. [2/4 definitions]
digest to break down or promote the breaking down of (food) into substances that can be absorbed by body tissues. [2/8 definitions]
disintegrate to come apart; break down into component parts or fragments. [2/3 definitions]
iconoclast one who attacks and seeks to break down traditional beliefs and institutions or popular ideas and values. [1/2 definitions]
idiom a verbal expression that cannot be understood merely by knowing the individual meanings of its elements, as with the phrase "break down," meaning "to lose one's mental stability." [1/4 definitions]
PFAS acronym for perflouroalkyl and polyflouroalkyl substances. Such chemical substances are used in a vast number of products and applications such as non-stick coatings for cookware, cleaning products, wire insulation, clothing, and food packaging. Some are known to be toxic, and, as a group, they are considered at least potentially harmful to human and animal health. They are also considered an environmental pollutant, as they can take thousands of years to break down, earning the the appellation "forever chemicals."
resolve to break down into constituent parts; separate. [1/8 definitions]
ribonuclease any of numerous enzymes that break down ribonucleic acids.
saponify to break down (an ester) into an alcohol and an acid or salt. [1/4 definitions]
wear away to gradually break down or disappear due to friction or use. [1/2 definitions]
wear down to cause to gradually break down or erode due to friction, exposure, or use, [2 definitions]