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demineralize

[dee-min-er-uh-lahyz] /diˈmɪn ər əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), demineralized, demineralizing.
1.
to remove minerals from; deprive of mineral content.
verb (used without object), demineralized, demineralizing.
2.
to lose mineral content; become demineralized.
Also, especially British, demineralise.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; de- + mineralize
Related forms
demineralization, noun
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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

demineralize

/diːˈmɪnərəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to remove dissolved salts from (a liquid, esp water)
Derived Forms
demineralization, demineralisation, noun
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