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verb (used with object), phos·pha·tized, phos·pha·tiz·ing.
  1. to treat with phosphates.
  2. to change to phosphate.
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Also especially British, phos·pha·tise.

Origin of phosphatize

First recorded in 1880–85; phosphate + -ize
Related formsphos·pha·ti·za·tion, phos·pha·tion [fos-fey-shuh n] /fɒsˈfeɪ ʃən/, nounun·phos·pha·tized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for phosphatize



  1. (tr) to treat with a phosphate or phosphates, as by applying a fertilizer
  2. to change or be changed into a phosphate
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Derived Formsphosphatization or phosphatisation, noun
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