denitrification

denitrify

[dee-nahy-truh-fahy]
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:
1890–95; de- + nitrify

denitrification, noun
denitrifier, denitrificator, noun
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denitrify (diːˈnaɪtrɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
to undergo or cause to undergo loss or removal of nitrogen compounds or nitrogen
 
denitrifi'cation
 
n

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denitrification
1883, from de- + nitrification (see nitrogen).
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