|denature, denaturize or denaturise (diːˈneɪtʃə, diːˈneɪtʃəˌraɪz)|
|1.||to change the nature of|
|2.||to change (a protein) by chemical or physical means, such as the action of acid or heat, to cause loss of solubility, biological activity, etc|
|3.||to render (something, such as ethanol) unfit for consumption by adding nauseous substances|
|4.||to render (fissile material) unfit for use in nuclear weapons by addition of an isotope|
|denaturize, denaturize or denaturise|
|denaturise, denaturize or denaturise|
|de'naturant, denaturize or denaturise|
|denatur'ation, denaturize or denaturise|
denature de·na·ture (dē-nā'chər)
v. de·na·tured, de·na·tur·ing, de·na·tures
To change the nature or natural qualities of.
To render unfit to eat or drink without destroying usefulness in other applications, especially adding methyl alcohol to ethyl alcohol.
To alter the chemical structure of a protein, as with heat, alkali, or acid, so that some of its original properties, especially its biological activity, are diminished or eliminated.
|denature (dē-nā'chər) Pronunciation Key