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decarburize Syllabification: de·car·bu·rize
Pronunciation: /dēˈkärb(y)əˌrīz/

Definition of decarburize in English:


[with object] Metallurgy
Remove carbon from (iron or steel); decarbonize.
Example sentences
  • His pressure tests burst the steel pipes in a week, revealing that the dense hydrogen had decarburized inner layers to a hard and brittle stuff.
  • This long heat treatment increases cost, limits rate of production and decarburizes the surface layer.
  • The degree to which a bar may be decarburized depends upon the chemical analysis of the steel.


Pronunciation: /ˌdēˌkärb(y)əˌrīˈzāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • The molybdenum steel is susceptible to decarburisation.
  • Laser and electron beam techniques also have been used for hardening selected areas on the surface of pearlitic and ferritic malleable iron castings that are free from decarburization.
  • To prevent scaling and surface decarburization during this stage of treatment, it is recommended that a nonoxidizing furnace temperature be maintained using a sealed furnace; a controlled atmosphere may be necessary.


Mid 19th century: from de- (expressing removal) + carburize, on the pattern of French décarburer.

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