inactivate

[in-ak-tuh-veyt]

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).

Nearby words

  1. inable,
  2. inaccessible,
  3. inaccuracy,
  4. inaccurate,
  5. inaction,
  6. inactivated poliovirus vaccine,
  7. inactive,
  8. inactive repressor,
  9. inactively,
  10. inactivity

Origin of inactivate

First recorded in 1905–10; inactive + -ate1

Related formsin·ac·ti·va·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for inactivate

inactivate

verb

(tr) to render inactive
Derived Formsinactivation, noun

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Medicine definitions for inactivate

inactivate

[ĭn-ăktə-vāt′]

v.

To render nonfunctional.
To make quiescent.
Related formsin•ac′ti•vation n.


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