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aerate

[air-eyt, ey-uh-reyt]
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verb (used with object), aer·at·ed, aer·at·ing.
  1. to expose to the action or effect of air or to cause air to circulate through: to aerate milk in order to remove odors.
  2. to change or treat with air or a gas, especially with carbon dioxide.
  3. Physiology. to expose (a medium or tissue) to air as in the oxygenation of the blood in respiration.

Origin of aerate

1785–95; < Latin āer- aer- + -ate1
Related formsaer·a·tion, nounnon·aer·at·ed, adjectivenon·aer·at·ing, adjectivesub·aer·ate, verb (used with object), sub·aer·at·ed, sub·aer·at·ing.sub·aer·a·tion, nounun·aer·at·ed, adjective
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aerate

verb (tr)
  1. to charge (a liquid) with a gas, esp carbon dioxide, as in the manufacture of effervescent drink
  2. to expose to the action or circulation of the air, so as to purify
Derived Formsaeration, nounaerator, noun
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Word Origin and History for aeration

n.

1570s, from French aération, from aérer (v.), from Latin aer (see air (n.1)). In some cases, from aerate.

aerate

v.

1794, from Latin aer (genitive aeris; see air (n.1)) + verbal suffix -ate (2). Related: Aerated; aerating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

aeration in Medicine

aeration

(âr′āshən)
n.
  1. Exposure to air.
  2. Saturation of a fluid with air or a gas.
  3. The exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen in the lungs.
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aeration in Science

aerate

[ârāt]
  1. To add a gas, such as carbon dioxide, to a liquid.
  2. To supply with oxygen. Blood is aerated in the alveoli of the lungs.
  3. To supply with air or expose to the circulation of air.
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