mineralize

[ min-er-uh-lahyz, min-ruh- ]
/ ˈmɪn ər əˌlaɪz, ˈmɪn rə- /

verb (used with object), min·er·al·ized, min·er·al·iz·ing.

to convert into a mineral substance.
to transform (a metal) into an ore.
to impregnate or supply with mineral substances.

verb (used without object), min·er·al·ized, min·er·al·iz·ing.

to study or collect the minerals of a region.

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Origin of mineralize

First recorded in 1645–55; mineral + -ize

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British Dictionary definitions for mineralizer (1 of 2)

mineralizer

mineraliser

/ (ˈmɪnərəˌlaɪzə) /

noun

any of various gases dissolved in magma that affect the crystallization of igneous rocks and the formation of minerals when the magma cools
an element, such as oxygen, that combines with a metal to form an ore

British Dictionary definitions for mineralizer (2 of 2)

mineralize

mineralise

/ (ˈmɪnərəˌlaɪz, ˈmɪnrə-) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived forms of mineralize

mineralization or mineralisation, noun
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