[ min-er-uh-lahyz, min-ruh- ]
/ ˈmɪn ər əˌlaɪz, ˈmɪn rə- /

verb (used with object), min·er·al·ized, min·er·al·iz·ing.

to convert into a mineral substance.
to transform (a metal) into an ore.
to impregnate or supply with mineral substances.

verb (used without object), min·er·al·ized, min·er·al·iz·ing.

to study or collect the minerals of a region.

Nearby words

  1. mineral water,
  2. mineral wax,
  3. mineral wells,
  4. mineral wool,
  5. mineral.,
  6. mineralizer,
  7. mineralocorticoid,
  8. mineralogy,
  9. mineraloid,
  10. minerals

Also especially British, min·er·al·ise.

Origin of mineralize

First recorded in 1645–55; mineral + -ize

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for remineralization



/ (ˈmɪnərəˌlaɪz, ˈmɪnrə-) /

verb (tr)

  1. to impregnate (organic matter, water, etc) with a mineral substance
  2. to convert (such matter) into a mineral; petrify
(of gases, vapours, etc, in magma) to transform (a metal) into an ore
Derived Formsmineralization or mineralisation, noun

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Medicine definitions for remineralization


[ rē-mĭn′ər-ə-lĭ-zāshən ]


The restoration of lost mineral constituents to the body, especially to bone.

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