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denature

[ dee-ney-cher ]
/ di藞ne瑟 t蕛蓹r /
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verb (used with object), de路na路tured, de路na路tur路ing.
to render (any of various alcohols) unfit for drinking by adding an unwholesome substance that does not alter usefulness for other purposes.
Biochemistry. to treat (a protein or the like) by chemical or physical means so as to alter its original state.
to make (fissionable material) unsuitable for use in an atomic weapon by mixing it with unfissionable material.
to deprive (something) of its natural character, properties, etc.
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Origin of denature

First recorded in 1675鈥85; de- + nature

OTHER WORDS FROM denature

de路na路tur路ant [dee-ney-cher-uhnt], /di藞ne瑟 t蕛蓹r 蓹nt/, nounde路na路tur路a路tion [dee-ney-chuh-rey-shuhn], /di藢ne瑟 t蕛蓹藞re瑟 蕛蓹n/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for denature

denature

denaturize or denaturise (di藧藞ne瑟t蕛蓹藢ra瑟z)

/ (di藧藞ne瑟t蕛蓹) /

verb (tr)
to change the nature of
to change (a protein) by chemical or physical means, such as the action of acid or heat, to cause loss of solubility, biological activity, etc
to render (something, such as ethanol) unfit for consumption by adding nauseous substances
to render (fissile material) unfit for use in nuclear weapons by addition of an isotope

Derived forms of denature

denaturant, noundenaturation, noun
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Scientific definitions for denature

denature
[ d膿-n膩ch蓹r ]

To cause the tertiary structure of a protein to unfold, as with heat, alkali, or acid, so that some of its original properties, especially its biological activity, are diminished or eliminated.
To cause the paired strands of DNA to separate into individual strands.
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