Definition of nitrify in English:


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.
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    • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˌnītrəfiˈkāSHən/
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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.


early 19th century: from French nitrifier.

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