[ fos-fuh-tahyz ]
/ ˈfɒs fəˌtaɪz /

verb (used with object), phos·pha·tized, phos·pha·tiz·ing.

to treat with phosphates.
to change to phosphate.
Also especially British, phos·pha·tise.

Origin of phosphatize

First recorded in 1880–85; phosphate + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM phosphatize

phos·pha·ti·za·tion, phos·pha·tion [fos-fey-shuh n] /fɒsˈfeɪ ʃən/, nounun·phos·pha·tized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for phosphatize



/ (ˈfɒsfəˌtaɪz) /


(tr) to treat with a phosphate or phosphates, as by applying a fertilizer
to change or be changed into a phosphate

Derived forms of phosphatize

phosphatization or phosphatisation, noun
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