verb (used with object), in·ac·ti·vat·ed, in·ac·ti·vat·ing.
to make inactive: The bomb was inactivated.
Immunology. to stop the activity of (certain biological substances).
satisfy, hush, appease, muzzle, subdue, relax, muffle, assuage, please, soften, soothe, pacify, squelch, mollify, allay, defer, waive, bar, halt, eject
- inactivated poliovirus vaccine,
- inactive repressor,
Origin of inactivate
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Extracts in which no attempt was made to inactivate the enzymes present proved unsatisfactory.Myology and Serology of the Avian Family Fringillidae|William B. Stallcup
(tr) to render inactive
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To render nonfunctional.
To make quiescent.
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