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nitrify

[ nahy-truh-fahy ]
/ 藞na瑟 tr蓹藢fa瑟 /
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verb (used with object), ni路tri路fied, ni路tri路fy路ing.
Chemistry, Biology. to oxidize (ammonia, ammonium compounds, or free atmospheric nitrogen) to nitrites and then to nitrates, especially in soil by bacterial or other microbial action.
Chemistry. to infuse with nitrogen or nitrogen compounds.
Chemistry. to treat or combine with nitrogen or its compounds.
Chemistry. (formerly) to convert into niter.
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Origin of nitrify

First recorded in 1820鈥30; from French nitrifier; see nitr-, niter, -i-, -fy

OTHER WORDS FROM nitrify

ni路tri路fi路a路ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nitrify

nitrify
/ (藞na瑟tr瑟藢fa瑟) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
to treat or cause to react with nitrogen or a nitrogen compound
to treat (soil) with nitrates
(of nitrobacteria) to convert (ammonium compounds) into nitrates by oxidation

Derived forms of nitrify

nitrifiable, adjective
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