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demineralize

Syllabification: de·min·er·al·ize
Pronunciation: /dēˈminərəˌlīz
 
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Definition of demineralize in English:

verb

[with object] (often as adjective demineralized)
1Remove salts from (water).
Example sentences
  • Before the Harrier jets shut down, our normal practice is to wash out the intakes and engine with demineralized water to remove any salt spray.
  • The root systems were carefully washed with cold demineralized water to remove any NH 4 NO 3 nutrient solution.
  • Twenty radish seeds (Raphanus sativus L., cv. 18 days) were placed into a glass jar (7 cm diameter and 9 cm high, closed with a cap), filled with 5 ml of a chemical solution or demineralized water (control).
1.1Deprive (teeth or bones) of minerals, causing loss of tooth enamel or softening of the skeleton.
Example sentences
  • Bacteria, predominantly mutans streptococci, metabolize monosaccharide and disaccharide sugars to produce acid that demineralizes teeth and causes cavities.
  • Fermentable carbohydrates are ingested, producing acids that demineralize teeth.
  • I think once a bone is demineralized, it is difficult to build it up, but you could certainly stunt (this loss).

Derivatives

demineralization

1
Pronunciation: /-ˌminərələˈzāSHən/
noun
Example sentences
  • It is the demineralization of bones that leaves them weak and susceptible to fractures.
  • Without the proper mineral balance in the end product, calcium fortification can actually cause demineralization, offsetting the bone strength and bone development effects of calcium fortification.
  • Osteomalacia is characterized by demineralization of previously formed bone leading to increased softness and susceptibility to fracture.

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