Definition of nitrify in English:

nitrify

Syllabification: ni·tri·fy
Pronunciation: /ˈnītrəˌfī
 
/

verb (nitrifies, nitrifying, nitrified)

[with object] Chemistry
1Convert (ammonia or another nitrogen compound) into nitrites or nitrates.
2Impregnate with nitrogen or nitrogen compounds.
More example sentences
  • The Refuge volunteer collected soil samples from our continuing study on the effects of applying sawdust to restored areas that have been previously nitrified by yellow bush lupine.

Origin

early 19th century: from French nitrifier.

Derivatives

nitrification

Pronunciation: /ˌnītrəfiˈkāSHən/
noun
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  • Other reactions unique to life, except at extremely high temperatures and pressures, include nitrogen fixation, nitrification and denitrification, sulphate and sulphur reduction, and methane formation.
  • Oxygen production by benthic microalgae enhanced rates of, and coupling between, nitrification and denitrification when ammonium was not limiting, resulting in significant loss of nitrogen from sediments as dinitrogen gas.
  • Current research has shown an increase in soil acidification through anthropogenic effects including acid precipitation and nitrification of ammoniacal fertilizers.

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