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denitrify

[dee-nahy-truh-fahy] /diˈnaɪ trəˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), denitrified, denitrifying. Chemistry
1.
to remove nitrogen or nitrogen compounds from.
2.
to reduce (nitrates) to nitrites, ammonia, and free nitrogen, as in soil by microorganisms.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; de- + nitrify
Related forms
denitrification, noun
denitrifier, denitrificator, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for denitrification

denitrify

/diːˈnaɪtrɪˌfaɪ/
verb -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to undergo or cause to undergo loss or removal of nitrogen compounds or nitrogen
Derived Forms
denitrification, noun
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Word Origin and History for denitrification
n.

1883; see de- + nitrification. Related: Denitrate; denitrify.

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