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demineralize

[dee-min-er-uh-lahyz]
verb (used with object), de·min·er·al·ized, de·min·er·al·iz·ing.
  1. to remove minerals from; deprive of mineral content.
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verb (used without object), de·min·er·al·ized, de·min·er·al·iz·ing.
  1. to lose mineral content; become demineralized.
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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
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British Dictionary definitions for demineralization

demineralize

demineralise

verb
  1. (tr) to remove dissolved salts from (a liquid, esp water)
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Derived Formsdemineralization or demineralisation, noun
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demineralization in Medicine

demineralization

(dē-mĭn′ər-ə-lĭ-zāshən)
n.
  1. 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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