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[dee-oh-duh-rahyz] /diˈoʊ dəˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), deodorized, deodorizing.
to rid of odor, especially of unpleasant odor.
Also, especially British, deodorise.
Origin of deodorize
First recorded in 1855-60; de- + odor + -ize
Related forms
deodorization, noun
deodorizer, noun
nondeodorizing, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for deodorize
Historical Examples
  • “It must be a great care to deodorize herself,” I returned, with ill-concealed contempt.

    Unveiling a Parallel

    Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Marchant
  • If we could deodorize the material from our sewers, and put it to practical uses, we would be gainers in many ways.

  • To neutralize putrefaction products in and about the teeth, correct fermentative processes, deodorize and purify the breath, etc.

  • "Yes, I will," replied Rolf, remembering now that he had omitted to deodorize his traps and his boots.

    Rolf In The Woods Ernest Thompson Seton
  • At the Ontario Station a patent disinfectant wash called "Zenoleum" was incidentally used to deodorize incubators.

    The Dollar Hen Milo M. Hastings
British Dictionary definitions for deodorize


(transitive) to remove, disguise, or absorb the odour of, esp when unpleasant
Derived Forms
deodorization, deodorisation, noun
deodorizer, deodoriser, noun
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Word Origin and History for deodorize

1858; see de- + odor + -ize. Related: Deodorized; deodorizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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deodorize in Medicine

deodorize de·o·dor·ize (dē-ō'də-rīz')
v. de·o·dor·ized, de·o·dor·iz·ing, de·o·dor·iz·es
To mask or neutralize the odor of.

de·o'dor·i·za'tion (-dər-ĭ-zā'shən) n.
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