[noo-truh-luh-zey-shuh n, nyoo-]


the act, process, or an instance of neutralizing.
the quality or condition of being neutralized.
Linguistics. the loss of a distinctive feature of one of a pair of phonemes that are otherwise differentiated on the basis of that feature, as the loss of voice as a distinctive feature between the -t- and -d- of latter and ladder.

Origin of neutralization

First recorded in 1800–10; neutralize + -ation
Related formso·ver·neu·tral·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for neutralization

Contemporary Examples of neutralization

Historical Examples of neutralization

  • "Political Annuals," since 1887 rich in discussion of neutralization.

    International Law

    George Grafton Wilson and George Fox Tucker

  • This acts as a feeble alkali, and commences the neutralization.

    Animal Proteins

    Hugh Garner Bennett

  • The Zark turned to the neutralization and elimination of the poison.


    Jesse Franklin Bone

  • Arriving upon the scene, these cells assist in its neutralization.

    Handbook of Medical Entomology

    William Albert Riley

  • After neutralization it is not necessary to add more than 10 cc.

    Soap-Making Manual

    E. G. Thomssen

Word Origin and History for neutralization

1747, from neutralize + -ation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

neutralization in Medicine




A reaction between an acid and a base that yields a salt and water.
The rendering ineffective of an action or substance, such as a drug.
The change of an acid solution to neutral by titration of an alkaline solution.
The change of an alkaline solution to neutral by titration of an acid solution.
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