[ dee-min-er-uh-lahyz ]
/ diˈmɪn ər əˌlaɪz /

verb (used with object), de·min·er·al·ized, de·min·er·al·iz·ing.

to remove minerals from; deprive of mineral content.

verb (used without object), de·min·er·al·ized, de·min·er·al·iz·ing.

to lose mineral content; become demineralized.
Also especially British, de·min·er·al·ise.

Origin of demineralize

First recorded in 1930–35; de- + mineralize
Related formsde·min·er·al·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for demineralization



/ (diːˈmɪnərəˌlaɪz) /


(tr) to remove dissolved salts from (a liquid, esp water)
Derived Formsdemineralization or demineralisation, noun
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Medicine definitions for demineralization


[ dē-mĭn′ər-ə-lĭ-zāshən ]


The loss, deprivation, or removal of minerals or mineral salts from the body, especially through disease, as the loss of calcium from bones or teeth.
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