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denaturant

Syllabification: de·na·tur·ant
Pronunciation: /dēˈnāCHərənt
 
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Definition of denaturant in English:

noun

1A substance added to alcohol to make it unfit for drinking.
Example sentences
  • There are several grades of denatured alcohol, but the denaturants used are generally similar.
  • Methanol is used as a denaturant for grain alcohol.
1.1 Biochemistry A substance that causes denaturation of proteins or other biological compounds.
Example sentences
  • The effect of denaturants on protein folding has long been investigated.
  • These observations underscore the complexity of the mechanism by which denaturants achieve their protein-unfolding action.
  • Fig.6 shows that the protein molecules gradually increase their size when exposed to a denaturant.

Words that rhyme with denaturant

reverberant

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