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nitrify

[nahy-truh-fahy] /ˈnaɪ trəˌfaɪ/
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
1820-1830
1820-30; < French nitrifier. See nitr-, niter, -i-, -fy
Related forms
nitrifiable, adjective
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Examples from the web for nitrify
  • The facility uses facultative bacteria to nitrify the leachate ammonium to nitrate.
  • The oxidation basin is operated to nitrify and denitrify, reducing both the ammonia and nitrate concentrations in the wastewater.
  • At no time did the system nitrify at the loading conditions evaluated.
British Dictionary definitions for nitrify

nitrify

/ˈnaɪtrɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -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
Derived Forms
nitrifiable, adjective
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