[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. mineral water,
  2. mineral wax,
  3. mineral wells,
  4. mineral wool,
  5. mineral.,
  6. mineralizer,
  7. mineralocorticoid,
  8. mineralogy,
  9. mineraloid,
  10. minerals

Also especially British, min·er·al·ise.

Origin of mineralize

First recorded in 1645–55; mineral + -ize

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for mineralizer



/ (ˈmɪnərəˌlaɪzə) /


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



/ (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 Formsmineralization or mineralisation, noun

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