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[dee-min-er-uh-lahyz] /diˈmɪn ər əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), demineralized, demineralizing.
to remove minerals from; deprive of mineral content.
verb (used without object), demineralized, demineralizing.
to lose mineral content; become demineralized.
Origin of demineralize
1930-35; de- + mineralize
Related forms
demineralization, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for demineralize
  • One of the main applications is to purify, demineralize, and desalinate water.
  • The bacteria feed on sugar and produce an acid by product that can demineralize tooth enamel.
  • Factors such as bacterial load and frequent exposure to carbohydrates that demineralize the tooth need to be modified.
  • The acids demineralize or destroy the enamel on teeth and create dental caries.
  • No attempt was made to demineralize the coal samples prior acetylation.
  • For example, a system to demineralize water for removal of radioactivity might be used for decontamination water.
British Dictionary definitions for demineralize


(transitive) to remove dissolved salts from (a liquid, esp water)
Derived Forms
demineralization, demineralisation, noun
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