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.

Origin of chlorinate

First recorded in 1855–60; chlorine + -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for chlorination

chlorinate

/ (ˈklɔːrɪˌneɪt) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived Forms

chlorination, nounchlorinator, noun
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Medicine definitions for chlorination

chlorinate

[ klôrə-nāt′ ]

v.

To treat or combine with chlorine or a chlorine compound.

Related forms

chlo′ri•nation n.
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Science definitions for chlorination

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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