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[dee-oh-duh-rahyz] /diˈoʊ dəˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), deodorized, deodorizing.
to rid of odor, especially of unpleasant odor.
Origin of deodorize
1855-60; de- + odor + -ize
Related forms
deodorization, noun
deodorizer, noun
nondeodorizing, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deodorize
  • There are cheaper ways to sanitize and deodorize than buying products with added scents and unnecessary chemicals.
  • Continues to actively deodorize long after the cleaning process has been completed.
  • They have the equipment to scrub out the ductwork and deodorize everything in the house.
  • Add chemicals such as ammonia, chlorine, or lime to disinfect and deodorize water and other liquids.
  • They have the equipment to scrub out the duct work and deodorize everything in the house.
  • We will treat and deodorize affected areas to address health hazards common with water damage.
  • How to wash and disinfect and deodorize a rest room floor.
  • deodorize smoke-damaged records and fumigation for mold.
  • It may be necessary to collect and deodorize aeration basin off-gases before release.
  • Treatment is often necessary to deodorize the gas before its release to the atmosphere.
British Dictionary definitions for deodorize


(transitive) to remove, disguise, or absorb the odour of, esp when unpleasant
Derived Forms
deodorization, deodorisation, noun
deodorizer, deodoriser, noun
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Word Origin and History for deodorize

1858; see de- + odor + -ize. Related: Deodorized; deodorizing.

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deodorize in Medicine

deodorize de·o·dor·ize (dē-ō'də-rīz')
v. de·o·dor·ized, de·o·dor·iz·ing, de·o·dor·iz·es
To mask or neutralize the odor of.

de·o'dor·i·za'tion (-dər-ĭ-zā'shən) n.
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