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[min-er-uh-lahyz, min-ruh-]
verb (used with object), min·er·al·ized, min·er·al·iz·ing.
  1. to convert into a mineral substance.
  2. to transform (a metal) into an ore.
  3. to impregnate or supply with mineral substances.
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verb (used without object), min·er·al·ized, min·er·al·iz·ing.
  1. to study or collect the minerals of a region.
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Also especially British, min·er·al·ise.

Origin of mineralize

First recorded in 1645–55; mineral + -ize
Related formsmin·er·al·i·za·tion, nounmin·er·al·iz·er, nounre·min·er·al·i·za·tion, nounre·min·er·al·ize, verb, re·min·er·al·ized, re·min·er·al·iz·ing.re·min·er·al·iz·er, nounsem·i·min·er·al·ized, adjectiveun·der·min·er·al·i·za·tion, nounun·min·er·al·ized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mineralization



verb (tr)
    1. to impregnate (organic matter, water, etc) with a mineral substance
    2. to convert (such matter) into a mineral; petrify
  1. (of gases, vapours, etc, in magma) to transform (a metal) into an ore
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Derived Formsmineralization or mineralisation, noun
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