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phosphatize

[ fos-fuh-tahyz ]

verb (used with object)

, phos·pha·tized, phos·pha·tiz·ing.
  1. to treat with phosphates.
  2. to change to phosphate.


phosphatize

/ ˈfɒsfəˌtaɪz /

verb

  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 Forms

  • ˌphosphatiˈzation, noun

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Other Words From

  • phospha·ti·zation phos·pha·tion [fos-, fey, -sh, uh, n], noun
  • un·phospha·tized adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of phosphatize1

First recorded in 1880–85; phosphate + -ize

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