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In the text bellow, what does "bacterial breakdown" mean?

A deodorant is a substance applied to the body to prevent body odor caused by the bacterial breakdown of perspiration in armpits, feet, and other areas of the body. A subgroup of deodorants, antiperspirants, affect odor as well as prevent sweating by affectingsweat glands. Source

Is it something like "bacterial death"?

Thanks in advance!
  • Myridon

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    English - US
    Bacteria "eat" complex things in the perspiration and excrete them as simpler things. Bacteria breakdown the complex things into simpler things.
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