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[dee-nahy-truh-fahy] /diˈnaɪ trəˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), denitrified, denitrifying. Chemistry
to remove nitrogen or nitrogen compounds from.
to reduce (nitrates) to nitrites, ammonia, and free nitrogen, as in soil by microorganisms.
1890-95; de- + nitrify
Related forms
denitrification, noun
denitrifier, denitrificator, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for denitrify
  • The plant nitrifies but does not denitrify the wastewater.
  • The package plant was originally designed to denitrify using a methanol feed reactor.
  • The oxidation basin is operated to nitrify and denitrify, reducing both the ammonia and nitrate concentrations in the wastewater.
  • Under anaerobic conditions, cyanides denitrify to gaseous nitrogen compounds that enter the atmosphere.
  • The ability to denitrify will be added to the remaining aeration basins in the next few years.
  • The ability to denitrify to an appreciable extent requires that a filter section be anaerobic.
British Dictionary definitions for denitrify


verb -fies, -fying, -fied
to undergo or cause to undergo loss or removal of nitrogen compounds or nitrogen
Derived Forms
denitrification, noun
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