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mineralize

[min-er-uh-lahyz, min-ruh-] /ˈmɪn ər əˌlaɪz, ˈmɪn rə-/
verb (used with object), mineralized, mineralizing.
1.
to convert into a mineral substance.
2.
to transform (a metal) into an ore.
3.
to impregnate or supply with mineral substances.
verb (used without object), mineralized, mineralizing.
4.
to study or collect the minerals of a region.
Also, especially British, mineralise.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; mineral + -ize
Related forms
mineralization, noun
mineralizer, noun
remineralization, noun
remineralize, verb, remineralized, remineralizing.
remineralizer, noun
semimineralized, adjective
undermineralization, noun
unmineralized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for undermineralization

mineralize

/ˈmɪnərəˌlaɪz; ˈmɪnrə-/
verb (transitive)
1.
  1. to impregnate (organic matter, water, etc) with a mineral substance
  2. to convert (such matter) into a mineral; petrify
2.
(of gases, vapours, etc, in magma) to transform (a metal) into an ore
Derived Forms
mineralization, mineralisation, noun
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