- to remove nitrogen or nitrogen compounds from.
- to reduce (nitrates) to nitrites, ammonia, and free nitrogen, as in soil by microorganisms.
Origin of denitrify
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To this class belong the denitrifying organisms already referred to which reduce the nitrates and nitrites in the soil.
Such reduction is due to the action of bacteria of the denitrifying order.
There is no reason, however, to suppose that this is so, and several of the denitrifying organisms have been identified.
- to undergo or cause to undergo loss or removal of nitrogen compounds or nitrogen
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