chlorinate

[ klawr-uh-neyt, klohr- ]
/ ˈklɔr əˌneɪt, ˈkloʊr- /

verb (used with object), chlo·ri·nat·ed, chlo·ri·nat·ing.

Chemistry.
  1. to combine or treat with chlorine.
  2. to introduce chlorine atoms into an organic compound by an addition or substitution reaction.
to disinfect (water) by means of chlorine.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM chlorinate

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Example sentences from the Web for chlorinate

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

British Dictionary definitions for chlorinate

chlorinate
/ (ˈklɔːrɪˌneɪt) /

verb (tr)

to combine or treat (a substance) with chlorine
to disinfect (water) with chlorine

Derived forms of chlorinate

chlorination, nounchlorinator, noun
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Medical definitions for chlorinate

chlorinate
[ klôrə-nāt′ ]

v.

To treat or combine with chlorine or a chlorine compound.

Other words from chlorinate

chlo′ri•nation n.
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Scientific definitions for chlorinate

chlorinate
[ klôrə-nāt′ ]

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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