edulcorate

[ ih-duhl-kuh-reyt ]
/ ɪˈdʌl kəˌreɪt /

verb (used with object), e·dul·co·rat·ed, e·dul·co·rat·ing. Chemistry.

to free from acids, salts, or impurities by washing; purify.

Origin of edulcorate

1800–10; < New Latin ēdulcorātus, equivalent to ē- e-1 + Late Latin dulcorātus sweetened (past participle of dulcorāre), equivalent to Latin dulcor sweetness (dulc(is) sweet + -or -or1) + -ātus -ate1

Related forms

e·dul·co·ra·tion, noune·dul·co·ra·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for edulcorate

edulcorate

/ (ɪˈdʌlkəˌreɪt) /

verb

(tr) to free from soluble impurities by washing

Derived Forms

edulcoration, noun

Word Origin for edulcorate

C17: from Medieval Latin ēdulcorāre, from Late Latin dulcor sweetness
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