Nitrifiable

nitrify

[nahy-truh-fahy]
verb (used with object), nitrified, nitrifying.
1.
to oxidize (ammonia, ammonium compounds, or atmospheric nitrogen) to nitrites, nitrates, or their respective acids, especially by bacterial action.
2.
to impregnate with nitrogen or nitrogen compounds.
3.
to treat or combine with nitrogen or its compounds.
4.
(formerly) to convert into niter.

Origin:
1820–30; < French nitrifier. See nitr-, niter, -i-, -fy

nitrifiable, adjective
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nitrify (ˈnaɪtrɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  to treat or cause to react with nitrogen or a nitrogen compound
2.  to treat (soil) with nitrates
3.  (of nitrobacteria) to convert (ammonium compounds) into nitrates by oxidation
 
'nitrifiable
 
adj

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