Cultural Dictionary
desalinization [(dee-sal-uh-nuh-zay-shuhn)]

Any process that removes salt from water.

Note: The term is usually applied to processes that remove salt from seawater to make it available for human consumption and agriculture. Such processes tend to be very expensive.
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