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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 mineralizer



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