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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: corrodere 'to eat away', from com- ( COM-) + rodere ( RODENT)

corrode

verb
     
Related topics: Chemistry
cor‧rode [intransitive and transitive]
1HCE if metal corrodes, or if something corrodes it, it is slowly destroyed by the effect of water, chemicals etc:
Acidic water will corrode the pipes.
2 written to gradually make something weaker or destroy it completely:
Corruption has corroded our confidence in the police force.

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