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chlorinate

[klawr-uh-neyt, klohr-]
verb (used with object), chlo·ri·nat·ed, chlo·ri·nat·ing.
  1. Chemistry.
    1. to combine or treat with chlorine.
    2. to introduce chlorine atoms into an organic compound by an addition or substitution reaction.
  2. to disinfect (water) by means of chlorine.
  3. Metallurgy. to treat (a gold ore) with chlorine gas in order that the gold may be removed as a soluble chloride.
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Origin of chlorinate

First recorded in 1855–60; chlorine + -ate1
Related formschlo·ri·na·tion, nounchlo·ri·na·tor, nounhy·per·chlo·ri·na·tion, nounpost·chlo·ri·na·tion, adjectiveun·chlo·ri·nat·ed, adjective
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Historical Examples of chlorinate

  • The first step is to chlorinate ordinary toluol, one of the coal tar bases, to produce benzyl chloride.

    America's Munitions 1917-1918

    Benedict Crowell


British Dictionary definitions for chlorinate

chlorinate

verb (tr)
  1. to combine or treat (a substance) with chlorine
  2. to disinfect (water) with chlorine
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Derived Formschlorination, nounchlorinator, noun
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Word Origin and History for chlorinate

v.

1836 (implied in chlorinated), from chlorine (n.) + -ate (2). Related: Chlorinating.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

chlorinate in Medicine

chlorinate

(klôrə-nāt′)
v.
  1. To treat or combine with chlorine or a chlorine compound.
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Related formschlo′ri•nation n.
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chlorinate in Science

chlorinate

[klôrə-nāt′]
  1. To add chlorine or one of its compounds to a substance. Water and sewage are chlorinated to be disinfected, and paper pulp is chlorinated to be bleached.
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