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[noo-truh-luh-zey-shuh n, nyoo-] /ˌnu trə ləˈzeɪ ʃən, ˌnyu-/
the act, process, or an instance of neutralizing.
the quality or condition of being neutralized.
Linguistics. the loss of a distinctive feature of one of a pair of phonemes that are otherwise differentiated on the basis of that feature, as the loss of voice as a distinctive feature between the -t- and -d- of latter and ladder.
Origin of neutralization
First recorded in 1800-10; neutralize + -ation
Related forms
overneutralization, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for neutralization
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  • "Political Annuals," since 1887 rich in discussion of neutralization.

    International Law

    George Grafton Wilson and George Fox Tucker
  • This acts as a feeble alkali, and commences the neutralization.

    Animal Proteins Hugh Garner Bennett
  • The Zark turned to the neutralization and elimination of the poison.

    Insidekick Jesse Franklin Bone
  • Arriving upon the scene, these cells assist in its neutralization.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology William Albert Riley
  • After neutralization it is not necessary to add more than 10 cc.

    Soap-Making Manual E. G. Thomssen
  • It is most important then to bring about the neutralization of these unfavorable suggestions.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • The points not yet quite settled are the territory round the places in the Indies, and neutralization of St Vincents.

  • The oxidation and neutralization of these hot-spring solutions near the surface throws out the mercury sulphide.

  • The water thus obtained contains the glycerine, and after neutralization is concentrated.

    Soap-Making Manual E. G. Thomssen
Word Origin and History for neutralization

1747, from neutralize + -ation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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neutralization in Medicine

neutralization neu·tral·i·za·tion (nōō'trə-lĭ-zā'shən, nyōō'-)

  1. A reaction between an acid and a base that yields a salt and water.

  2. The rendering ineffective of an action or substance, such as a drug.

  3. The change of an acid solution to neutral by titration of an alkaline solution.

  4. The change of an alkaline solution to neutral by titration of an acid solution.

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