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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

  • To this class belong the denitrifying organisms already referred to which reduce the nitrates and nitrites in the soil.

    Manures and the principles of manuring

    Charles Morton Aikman

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for denitrifying

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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