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PSSA Vocab Unit 12

TermDefinition
Biotechnology engineering use of living systems and organisms to develop or make products, or "any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use
consumer 1) Those organisms that obtain energy by feeding on other organisms and their remains. 2) A person buying goods or services for personal needs or to use in the production of other goods for resale
decomposer An organism, often microscopic in size, that obtains nutrients by consuming dead organic matter, thereby making nutrients accessible to other organisms; examples of decomposers include fungi, scavengers, rodents and other animals.
engineering The application of scientific, physical, mechanical and mathematical principles to design processes, products and structures that improve the quality of life.
ergonomical Of or relating to the design of equipment or devices to fit the human body’s control, position, movement and environment.
hazardous waste Asolidthatbecauseofitsquantityorconcentrationitsphysical,chemicalorinfectiouscharacteristicsmaycauseorposeasubstantialpresentorpotentialhazardtohuman health or the environment when improperly treated,stored,transported or disposed of otherwise managed.
incinerating destroy (something, especially waste material) by burning.
nonpoint source pollution Contamination that originates from many locations that all discharge into a location (e.g., a lake, stream, land area).
point source pollution Pollutants discharged from a single identifiable location (e.g., pipes, ditches, channels, sewers, tunnels, containers of various types).
risk management A strategy developed to reduce or control the chance of harm or loss to one’s health or life; the process of identifying, evaluating, selecting and implementing actions to reduce risk to human health and to ecosystems.
waste stream The flow of (waste) materials from generation, collection and separation to disposal.
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