nitrify

[ nahy-truh-fahy ]

verb (used with object),ni·tri·fied, ni·tri·fy·ing.
  1. 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.

  2. Chemistry. to infuse with nitrogen or nitrogen compounds.

  1. Chemistry. to treat or combine with nitrogen or its compounds.

  2. Chemistry. (formerly) to convert into niter.

Origin of nitrify

1
First recorded in 1820–30; from French nitrifier; see nitr-, niter, -i-, -fy

Other words from nitrify

  • ni·tri·fi·a·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for nitrify

nitrify

/ (ˈnaɪtrɪˌfaɪ) /


verb-fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to treat or cause to react with nitrogen or a nitrogen compound

  2. to treat (soil) with nitrates

  1. (of nitrobacteria) to convert (ammonium compounds) into nitrates by oxidation

Derived forms of nitrify

  • nitrifiable, adjective

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