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denitrify

[dee-nahy-truh-fahy]
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verb (used with object), de·ni·tri·fied, de·ni·tri·fy·ing. Chemistry.
  1. to remove nitrogen or nitrogen compounds from.
  2. to reduce (nitrates) to nitrites, ammonia, and free nitrogen, as in soil by microorganisms.
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Origin of denitrify

First recorded in 1890–95; de- + nitrify
Related formsde·ni·tri·fi·ca·tion, nounde·ni·tri·fi·er, de·ni·tri·fi·ca·tor, noun
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Historical Examples

  • There will be some loss of nitrogen through leaching and denitrification.

    The First Book of Farming

    Charles L. Goodrich

  • This loss of nitrogen by denitrification can be checked by keeping the soil well ventilated.

    The First Book of Farming

    Charles L. Goodrich


British Dictionary definitions for denitrification

denitrify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. to undergo or cause to undergo loss or removal of nitrogen compounds or nitrogen
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Derived Formsdenitrification, noun
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Word Origin and History for denitrification

n.

1883; see de- + nitrification. Related: Denitrate; denitrify.

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